Queen's University, Kingston

Erin Shirreff,
Monograph (no. 1) (detail), 2011. Six archival pigment prints. Courtesy the artist and Lisa Cooley, New York


Erin Shirreff: Available Light

Contemporary Feature Gallery
22 September - 27 January 2013

Erin Shirreff: Available Light is the first solo exhibition in Canada of this Canadian artist based in New York City, whose recent achievements in video, photography and sculpture have generated a buzz of critical recognition. Shirreff’s conceptually rich work fuses rigorously refined technique with a lush sense of history. Investigation of light and form unites her approach to different media. In this exhibition video works such as Ansel Adams, RCA Building, circa 1940 (2009), Moon (2010) and UN2010 (2010) stage hypnotic evocations of the passage of time rendered through iconic subjects. Her cast sculptures are shell-like forms conjuring the staid volumes of minimalist sculpture: with razor-sharp aesthetic acuity, Shirreff plays on the genre’s inherent theatricality and amplifies its paradoxical dependence on photographic reproduction for circulation in the wider culture. And her elegant photographic series, including the stately Monograph (no. 1) (2011), extend the archaeology of perception fundamental to her practice.

Erin Shirreff has a BFA from the University of Victoria (1998) and an MFA from Yale University (2005). Her work has appeared at Ballroom Marfa, TX; MoMA PS1, NY; Sculpture Center, NY; Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; ICA, Philadelphia; White Cube, London, UK and the Power Plant, Toronto and has entered the collections of major art museums in the US. In its investigation of systems and forms of knowledge, Shirreff’s work is situated in the lineage of major figures of the past half-century such as Robert Smithson and Thomas Struth.

Please join us for our opening reception and season launch on Friday 21 September, 5 - 7 pm. The artist will offer a walk-through introduction to her work in the gallery.

A co-production of the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Carleton University Art Gallery (Ottawa) and Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver), Erin Shirreff: Available Light is curated by Jan Allen and Sandra Dyck. A monograph on Erin Shirreff’s work is planned for release in April 2013.

Jan Allen

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