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Vines, 2018 Oil on canvas

Vines, 2018
Oil on canvas
84 x 66 inches

Ferns, 2018 Oil on canvas

Ferns, 2018
Oil on canvas
72 x 60 inches

Ferns and Vines, 2019

Ferns and Vines, 2019
Oil on canvas
84 x 66 inches

Branches, 2018

Branches, 2018
Oil on canvas

48 x 42 inches

Leaves and Vines, 2017

Leaves and Vines, 2017
Oil on canvas
72 x 60 inches

Grass and Moss, 2018

Grass and Moss, 2018
Oil on canvas
72 x 60 inches

Holes, 2017 Oil on canvas

Holes, 2017
Oil on canvas
72 x 60 inches

Wildflowers, 2018

Wildflowers, 2018
Oil on canvas
42 x 36 inches

Trees and Ferns, 2019

Trees and Ferns, 2019
Oil on canvas
84 x 66 inches

Waterfall, 2018 Oil on canvas

Waterfall, 2018
Oil on canvas
108 x 84 inches

Moss and Grass, 2017

Moss and Grass, 2017
Oil on canvas
42 x 36 inches

Grass, 2018 Oil on canvas

Grass, 2018
Oil on canvas
72 x 60 inches

Waterfall, 2019 Oil on canvas

Waterfall, 2019
Oil on canvas
96 x 78 inches

Moss and Ferns, 2018

Moss and Ferns, 2018
Oil on canvas
72 x 60 inches

Vines, 2018 Oil on canvas

Vines, 2018
Oil on canvas
84 x 66 inches

Cave, 2018 Oil on canvas

Cave, 2018
Oil on canvas
78 x 96 inches

Grass and Ferns, 2019

Grass and Ferns, 2019
Oil on canvas
60 x 54 inches

Press Release

DC Moore Gallery is proud to present Claire Sherman: New Pangaea, an exhibition of large-scale landscape paintings by Claire Sherman. Sherman’s current works represent the natural world in a manner that makes her landscapes both recognizable and utterly imaginative, inviting yet daunting. The distorted palette of deep blues and greens creates an enhanced vividness that is in tension with the dense mesh of branches broken and askew, and leaves and plants twisted and overgrown. Independent curator Melissa Messina describes Sherman’s paintings as, “vast entanglements, synthesized mixes of plant life and geographical phenomena that in their detail maintain a sense of specificity but in combination intentionally do not scribe an exact location. They are every place at once or no place at all.”

The exhibition’s title comes from the writings of environmental author Elizabeth Kolbert who has described the consequences of global travel and trade as “reshuffling of the biosphere that is bringing all of the worlds flora and fauna together,” thereby creating another super-continent, New Pangaea. Sherman both witnesses and explores extremes of climate change and the effects of invasive species crowding out native ones. There is a cycle of invasiveness, chaos, and growth, ever present in the paintings, as seen by nature’s tangled, undulating forms that flow off the canvas, and the roaring waterfalls that come crashing towards the viewer. The idea of a new environmental order, beautiful yet ominous, has become central to Sherman’s body of work.

Sherman’s method of painting is clear and direct. She avoids the overworked and achieves a surface imbued with a sense of ease and speed, open to imperfection. In all of her work, sustained research, reading, travel, and photography inform the act of painting.

Claire Sherman has exhibited widely throughout the United States and in Amsterdam, Leipzig, London, Seoul, and Turin. She has completed residencies at the Terra Foundation for American Art in Giverny, the MacDowell Colony, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace program, the Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation, Yaddo, and the Albers Foundation. She graduated with an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2005. She was recently included in the exhibition American Genre: Contemporary Painting at the ICA at Maine College of Art, curated by Michelle Grabner. Sherman is an Associate Professor at Drew University in New Jersey.

Claire Sherman in Conversation with Melissa Messina, Independent Curator
Saturday, March 30th, 4pm
RSVP to Sabeena Khosla at skhosla@dcmooregallery.com

Claire Sherman: New Pangaea will run concurrently with Milton Avery: A Selection of Paintings from March 7 – April 6, 2019.

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