CLAIRE SCHERZINGER: SHY HOLOGRAM: DECEMBER 16, 2016 - JANUARY 15, 2017
Mulherin Toronto is pleased to present Shy Hologram, a solo exhibition by Claire Scherzinger.
“At its crux, I consider the act of making as a process of attempting to reconcile contemporary issues that are enshrined in a system influenced by the relics of modernism and the 20th century. While making direct references to the western canon of art history, I also combine an otherworldly, science fiction aesthetic into my drawings, paintings and sculptures. This juxtaposing dialogue of high and low aesthetics in art is how I begin to contemplate the image of the gendered female body as becoming an object within our contemporary society as well as our post-human future.
Accordingly, the processes of painting and drawing approach this widespread subject in different ways. I approach the act of painting with a drawing hand, often sketching out the plan for a painting ahead of time and then filling in the areas with a wrist action-orientated movement. Other ways of painting include stripping away, re-applying paint and sanding a surface until it achieves an almost sculptural space with a softened reference to a form or figure. These modes of making show the myriad ways I choose to apply paint and tell the narrative of the bodily expectations of the ever-evolving human form.
More over, I believe that painting and drawing are not mediums that should be experienced alone. My practice is about how the usage of space and the placement of objects can better enhance the presence of a painting or drawing. I will often place paintings in a room in conjunction with found or handmade objects. This process is intuitive and is constructed on-site, much like I am creating a painting and putting different parts together. Regardless of subject matter, I try to create small universes, or environments, with the works I make.
Ultimately, my paintings, drawings and crafted objects are vignettes into a continuum of narratives that overlap, contradict, and weave in and out of each other that ultimately allow for a better way of coming to terms with the kind of world we create for ourselves. I speak to my own unique experiences as being a woman of privilege in this day and age, while also facing gendered oppression in the Canadian art world. The work that I make is meant to gaze into an alternative landscape where there is the essence of hope that there might be some form of equality in every intersection of life.”
-Claire Scherzinger, 2016
Claire Scherzinger is a visual artist and writer with a BFA in drawing and painting and creative writing from OCAD University. In the span of her short career as an emerging artist she has shown her work across Canada at the Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver, the Art Gallery of Mississauga, the Varley Museum in Markham and has upcoming projects at the Forest City Artist Run Centre in London, Ontario, Eastern Edge Gallery in St. John’s, Newfoundland and at Mulherin, Toronto. She has had her poetry published internationally and is also a winner of the RBC funded 17th National Painting Prize. She lives and works in Toronto.