2013 Winner

Erin Shirreff

Erin Shirreff

Erin Shirreff’s long-duration videos extend and explore the act of looking. Constructed from hundreds of individual photographs captured in her studio, these works collapse time and place as they fluctuate between natural and artificial effects, stillness and motion. Projected onto ad hoc structures, the works have a spatial dimension that underscores the materiality of Shirreff’s source photographs. Lake began with a 1980s brochure image of a landscape in British Columbia, where she grew up. In this work, as in earlier works such as Moon Shirreff invites reflection on our relationship to something timeless and out of reach. Earlier works, including Monograph, Signatures, and two projects based on Shirreff's engagement with the work of American sculptor Tony Smith, interweave photography, video, and sculpture. The minimalist, formal beauty of Shirreff's works belies deeper questions about the often paradoxical relationship between time and space and the image, and the impact of perception on the location of meaning.


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