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Erin Shirreff

Erin Shirreff’s long-duration videos extend and explore the act of looking. Constructed from hundreds of individual photographs captured in her studio, these works collapse time and place as they fluctuate between natural and artificial effects, stillness and motion. Projected onto ad hoc structures, the works have a spatial dimension that underscores the materiality of Shirreff’s source photographs. Lake began with a 1980s brochure image of a landscape in British Columbia, where she grew up. In this work, as in earlier works such as Moon Shirreff invites reflection on our relationship to something timeless and out of reach. Earlier works, including Monograph, Signatures, and two projects based on Shirreff's engagement with the work of American sculptor Tony Smith, interweave photography, video, and sculpture. The minimalist, formal beauty of Shirreff's works belies deeper questions about the often paradoxical relationship between time and space and the image, and the impact of perception on the location of meaning.




UN 2010


Sculpture Park (Tony Smith)/Sculpture for Snow



Erin Shirreff was born in 1975 in Kelowna, British Columbia and now lives and works in New York City. Recently she has presented her work in solo exhibitions at the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.; White Cube, London, U.K.; Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston, Ont.; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, Calif.; and Lisa Cooley, New York, N.Y. Recent group exhibitions include Lens Drawings, Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris, France; The Camera's Blind Spot, Museo d'Arte di Nuoro, Sardinia, Italy; Remainder, Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, Okla.; Lost Line, LACMA, Los Angeles, Calif.; Voice of Images, François Pinault Foundation, Venice, Italy; Science on the back end, Hauser & Wirth, New York, N.Y.; and Le Silence. Une fiction, Nouveau Musée National de Monaco. Her work is in the collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Metropolitan Museum of Art; and the Yale University Art Gallery, among others.