Pippy Houldsworth is very pleased to present the second solo exhibition in London of young Chicago artist Claire Sherman from 18 September to 31 October 2009.
Sherman’s abstract landscape paintings find a balance her between bold brushstrokes and delicacy of her subject matter. The idiosyncratic scenes of forests, rivers, desert or undergrowth explore the fragility of nature; exposing the cracks and holes, perhaps in gesture to the current state of the environment or to suggest a potential disaster. Sherman curiously investigates these non-places, seducing the viewer with lush hues, sweeping brushstrokes and thick layering of paint. Despite the emptiness their remains a sense of hope encouraged by the artists’ readings on the sublime and existentialism. The subtle narrative mixed with Sherman’s technical complexity create a powerful and atmospheric body of works.
Sherman's work is included in the Margulies Collection (Miami). the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art (Overland, KS), UBS London and Washington, and Wellington Management, London. Recent solo exhibitions include Kavi Gupta Gallery (Chicago) and Hof & Huyser (Amsterdam). She was included in the group exhibition Future Tense: Reshaping the Landscape at the Neuberger Museum of Art (Purchase, NY) in 2008. SHERMAN has been selected as a recipient of The Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation Space Program for 2009-10 and moves to New York in September of this year.