Claire Sherman’s work engages with landscape archetypes and Romantic conceptions of nature, including the sublime. Distorting scale and perspective, her oversize paintings of forests, caves, rockets, and trees evoke both specific locations and abstracted, ubiquitous environments. Vivid color and robust mark-making structure these dynamic and unsettling landscapes.
It is important to Sherman that each painting takes shape over the course of just one day in the studio. She achieves surfaces imbued with a sense of ease and speed that reflect an openness to imperfections. Yet sustained research, reading, travel, and photography inform her response to the history of art and our contemporary visual culture. In early work, Sherman based compositions on found imagery from sources like travel books, postcards, and films in order to maintain a degree of distance from her subject matter. In more recent paintings, she tempers this approach by drawing on her direct experience of nature and personal snapshots that mediate her memory of place. Sherman also finds inspiration in American literature, studies of ecology, and nineteenth-century expedition narratives.
A public opening* is scheduled for October 1, 2021, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. A cash bar with beer and wine and complimentary light snacks will be available. David Hartt and Cara Despain will be onsite for the opening. Additionally, the Kimball Art Center education team will host an Open Studio Sampler on Saturday, October 2, 2021, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. The evening includes art making, drinks and community with four different art projects and media available. Attendees will experience two different 30-minute classes that are assigned at random.
“For this next round of exhibitions, we wanted to share artists addressing diverse concepts of representation giving our audiences in Park City multiple references for conversation. Our new space at the Yard allows us to display multiple shows at once. We are very excited to welcome the work of Claire Sherman, David Hartt and Cara Despain to Park City,” explains Kimball Art Center executive director Aldy Milliken.
Kimball Art Center
1251 Kearns Blvd
PO Box 1478
Park City, UT 84060
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