CCS Bard Galleries, March 18 – April 15, 2012
Artists: Erin Shirreff, Lesley Vance, and Michael Jones McKean
What do we think of the state of indeterminacy that images and objects now occupy—their status not fixed, but vacillating between various media, functions, and cultural contexts? In this state of indeterminacy, images and objects are intrinsically bound to and possibly vexed by one another. Three Evidentiary Claims examines the relationship between images and objects, and presents a set of possibilities for how we might talk, think, and read these distinct and hybrid mediums of photography and sculpture. How does the material form that makes up an artwork affect our relationship to images, objects, and possibly one another? The exhibition triangulates the site of the gallery, a panel discussion, and an object-idea handout, all of which bring the idea of indeterminacy into a particular frame to consider the problem of creating meaning within artworks.
Curated by Rachel Cook
Erin Shirreff (b.1975, Kelowna, Canada) lives and works in New York City. Recent exhibitions this past year include A Promise Is A Cloud, Public Art Fund, New York; Structure & Absence, White Cube, London; The Anxiety of Photography, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, Colorado; To What Earth Does This Sweet Cold Belong, The Power Plant, Toronto, Ontario; and in 2010, Still, Flat and Far, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia. She was artist-in-residence at the Chinati Foundation (2011) and is a recipient of a Canada Council grant (2011). Shirreff’s work is included in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Guggenheim Museum. Shirreff is the recipient of a 2011 Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant.
Lesley Vance (b. 1977, Milwaukee, WI) lives and works in Los Angeles, California. Vance’s work has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions, David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles; Galleria Il Capricorno, Venice; Tableaux, MAGASIN, Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Grenoble, France; Everything You Can Imagine Is Real…, Xavier Hufkens, Brussels; A Painting Show, Harris Lieberman, New York; Psycho Painting, Carlson/Massimo De Carlo Gallery, London; Triumphant Carrot: The Persistence of Still Life, Vancouver Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; 2010 Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. In 2011, Vance participated in the Summer Hamptons Art Residency Program at the FLAG Art Foundation, New York. Additionally Vance’s work will be included in upcoming solo exhibitions at Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Maine, Xavier Hufkens, Brussels,and is featured in “Vitamin P2,” London: Phaidon, 2011.
Michael Jones McKean (b. 1976 Truk Island, Micronesia) lives and works in Richmond, Virginia. He has received numerous awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Nancy Graves Foundation Award, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship. McKean has participated in a variety of residency programs, from The Core Program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, to The Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts. Currently he is an Associate Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University where he has taught in the Sculpture and Extended Media Department since 2006. Upcoming solo exhibitions include, Parisian Laundry, Montreal, Canada; Emily Davis Gallery, University of Akron, Akron, Ohio where McKean will be the Myers Visiting Professor during the spring of 2012; Gentili Apri, Berlin, Germany; The Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, Nebraska; and Horton Gallery, New York.