Friday July 6 - Saturday August 25, 2018
Reception and Artist Talk: Thursday, August 2, 6 PM
Sherry Czekus, The Canadians #2, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 24 inches, 2018. Photo courtesy the artist.
Making my paintings begins with becoming part of a crowd as an everyday experience. I make my source images with my camera, on busy city sidewalks: capturing the urban crowd, its figurative gestures and intersections, and the spaces between its members. Painting, as a conceptual medium, simultaneously expands and collapses the moments I capture, creating an enriched site of knowledge about us as a collective. Straddling the boundaries of representation and abstraction, I allow the photographs to give way to the language of painting.
Just as flâneurism changed urban culture in nineteenth-century Europe, the social frontier online has changed our visual perceptions of crowds. The physical experience of a crowd is now continuously interrupted by the attraction of the online community that we can access any time through our handheld devices. It is this fleeting and fragmented sense of perception, specific to our time and circumstances, which poses problems in painting that I find worthy of investigation. These paintings take up the problem of presenting the crowd in an atmosphere that has yet to be determined in art.
Sherry Czekus is a Canadian painter based in Waterloo, ON, who completed her MFA at University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art with Studio Specialization from the University of Waterloo and a Bachelor of Education from Wilfrid Laurier University. She has exhibited her work in private and public galleries in Canada and the United States. She is represented locally by Paula White Diamond Art Gallery and Design Studio.