Claire Sherman American, b. 1981

Claire Sherman's works focuses on how our cognition distinguishes what is wholly abstract fromwhat has been abstracted from our normal perception. In this investigation, Sherman has rightfullychosen the subject matter that has been atthe crux of this discourse for centuries-the infiniteattributes of nature, seen and unseen. Sherman's newest works, many shown in this catalog, amplifythis conceptual premise.By moving further away from our stable human scale, Sherman creates paintings that challenge thecomfortable anthropomorphic lens through which we understand the world. Signifying elementsbecome obliterated and viewers are cast without an anchor into the harrowing alien reality of whatthe world may be like if it was not held together by our biological faculties. In this sense, Shermancaptures what it means to have realist ontology. While her paintings have pushed further and furtheraway from works that share a likeness to how we view the natural world, they are instead a greaterembrace of how this world may exist differently as we move beyond our evolutionary capacities.Sherman nods to this interpretation in her works. Her aesthetic is often understood as acontemporary reinterpretation of one of the central questions for thephilosophy of scienceat theend of the 19th century.For poets and painters alike, this was the negotiation betweentranscendentalism (the sublime, the infinite) with a new realism that brought forth the idea thatthere is a real world that is beyond ourempirical understanding. This tension, which arguablyremains yet to be reconciled, is the ripe conceptual premise to much of Sherman's approach topainting.Sherman's paintings have been exhibited throughout America and Europe, including soloexhibitions such asSempervirensat the DC Moore Gallery, New York,Sequoiadendron Giganteumat the Good Children Gallery, New Orleans,Palms Wild at Kavi Gupta CHICAGO | BERLIN, anda self-titled exhibition at the Houldsworth Gallery, London, the DCKT Contemporary,New York,andGalerie Hof & Huyser, Amsterdam, and has an upcoming show atKavi Gupta CHICAGO |BERLINin 2015.Select group exhibitions includeThe 7 Bordersat the Kentucky Museum of Artand Craft, Louisville,Woods, Lovely, Dark, and Deepat the DC Moore Gallery, New York,GirlsJust Want to Have Fundsat the Rema Hort Mann Foundation, New York,Do Not Destroyat theContemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, andFree Range: Painting and the University ofPennsylvaniaat the University of Pennsylvania,Philadelphia. Sherman's work has been reviewedin such publications as the Chicago Tribune, Art Ltd., Art Agenda, and Flash Art. Shermancompleted her MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2005