Main Gallery | Claire Scherzinger | The Smurf, The Duck, The Devil, The Salesman
The Smurf, The Duck, The Devil, The Salesman
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 29th, 7 – 10 pm
(rOGUE/Main Gallery double-reception with Hill of Beans by St. John’s based artist Mimi Stockland)
Claire Scherzinger is a visual artist and writer with a BFA in drawing and paintings and creative writing from OCAD University. In the span of her short career as an emerging artist she has shown her work across Canada with upcoming solo projects at the Art Gallery of Mississauga, the Varley Museum in Markham and the Forest City Artist Run Centre in London, ON. She has had her first poetry published internationally and was also a finalist this year for the RBC funded 17th National Painting Prize. She lives and works in Toronto.
Claire Scherzinger presents a new exhibition of work that dissects her thoughts on what painting is and what it can become. Through a narrative of characters, the Smurf, the Duck, the Devil, the Salesman, she weaves a story central to the months she lived in London, ON and now in Toronto. The accumulation of details in this story is told through her many experiments in materiality in painting as well as constantly collecting junk, or found objects, to be integrated into her sculptural work.
This collection of work contemplates questions about painting and the politics of painting Scherzinger encountered while working as an artist assistant in London, ON and now as an artist in Toronto. The people who gave their answers to these questions have naturally provided their own biases and, along with Scherzinger’s own opinions of what a painting is and what it can be, has pieced together a fragmented identity of what it means to live constantly in flux with her work.