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Artist Talk - Erin Shirreff at CAG

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Artist Talk - Erin Shirreff at CAG

Time: June 14, 2013 from 7pm to 8:30pm
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Website or Map: http://www.contemporaryartgal…
Event Type: events
Organized By: Contemporary Art Gallery Vancouver
Latest Activity: May 29, 2013

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Kelowna born Shirreff will present a walking tour of her exhibition discussing her interest in differing encounters between representations of image and object.

Related Exhibition: Erin Shirreff Pictures 


Erin Shirreff’s solo exhibition at the Contemporary Art Gallery will be the first presentation dedicated exclusively to the artist’s film and video work. It may seem a somewhat unexpected focus given Shirreff’s definition of herself as a sculptor. And yet her investigation into the language and perception of materiality has less to do with the presentation of physical objects than specifically to that of our experience of forms – how sharing the same space with a ‘thing’ varies from looking at its representation.

Shirreff is known for reproducing sculpture as images or making sculpture that distils the essence of a photograph, playing these two elements against one another as a means to prompt and test the viewer’s response. In Knives (2008) for example, she modeled a variety of knife-like forms from Plasticine, subsequently presenting them as a series of black and white photographs; her most recent sculptures made from ash and cement resemble photographs, their surfaces giving way to reveal themselves as planes an inch thick as we move around them. Read on.

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