Jancar Jones Gallery is excited to announce an exhibit of new work by Los Angeles-based artist Claire Nereim. The show will consist of new drawings, sculptures, and a clock. This will be her first solo show in Los Angeles.
In her work Nereim strives to disrupt the conventions of meaning-formation, and explore the relationship between art, design, and the body. Generated by her interest in arrangement, and intention, Nereim examines and redefines the lives of the objects she accumulates and creates. She composes groupings, according to visual and material similarities, as minimal still-lives, where each object within the still life relates to the next. Every translation transforms in unpredictable ways, maintaining an unstable relationship to the objects’ conception.
In addition to creating and altering spatial and conceptual relationships, visual symmetry plays an integral role in her sculptural work. New works in newsprint or ceramic play off of her interest in the bilateral proportions of the body. Utilizing practical materials, these works map the areas between utility and impracticality, and history and temporality. Often inspired by dreams, they straddle the line between the real and the imagined. Analogous points of tension between interrelated, opposing states -- between surface and depth, conscious and unconscious -- serve as touchstones.
In her new large-scale drawings she also upsets the structure of common legibility. After searching for and identifying simple shapes in the night sky these drawings map the coordinates of the 75 new triangular constellations she discovered, in relation to standard International Astronomical Union (IAU) charts. By engaging the structural absurdity of representation she exploits the gaps in what appears to be a stable system and recognizes the role of this fluctuating system as it situates us in our bodies, in space-time, and in language.
Claire Nereim’s work has been included in exhibitions at Jancar Jones Gallery, the LAB, and the Popular Workshop in San Francisco and Jancar Jones Gallery, Jancar Gallery, Sabina Lee Gallery, and the Barn in Los Angeles. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College and an MFA from Cal Arts; she was born in Chicago in 1981.