Erin Shirreff (Canadian, b. 1975)
Still (For Chinati). Signed, dated "2016," titled, and numbered "74/100" in pen on the verso. Gelatin silver print, 15 x 19 1/2 in., unframed.
Donated by a generous supporter of AFH.
Note: Erin Shirreff was born in 1975 in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, and now lives and works in New York. Shirreff studied sculpture, but her practice is now focused on depicting and challenging the representation of three-dimensional art objects through photography and video.
Erin Shirreff's interest in in-between states and focus on formal characteristics—volume, shape, and dimension—influence her sculptures, photographs, and videos. Her works often feature abstract, geometric forms or images of representational elements, such as abandoned architectural structures, rendered semi-abstract by the artist's framing and presentation. In many of her compositions, Shirreff blurs the lines between two- and three-dimensional space, and wholeness and incompleteness. Her sculptures consist of variously arranged planes, which appear to shift—expanding and flattening—when viewed from different angles. In her photographs, she pieces together images of disparate sculptural forms, demonstrating that sculpture can be crafted in two dimensions. All of Shirreff's work reflects her interest in the openness of objects and undefined situations—a state she describes as a "wonderful zone of possibility." (https://www.artsy.net/artist/erin-shirreff)
She holds a BFA in visual arts from the University of Victoria, British Columbia, and an MFA in sculpture from Yale University. She has recently been the subject of solo exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Kunsthalle Basel; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; and Albright-Knox Gallery.
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