Shirine Gill

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Artist Statement

Born in Iran and based in New York since the 1970s, I am a self- taught, boundary pushing contemporary photographer whose work explores the process of photography. I work in series, and my practice vacillates between abstraction, figuration and appropriation.

My abstract photographs explore the nature of vision and the difference between how the human eye sees reality and how a camera records it. In contrast to documentary and representational modes of photography, I use mundane or incidental objects, rendering them unrecognizable in order to focus attention on the fundamental act of looking and the process of perception. By manipulating found objects, textiles, and a variety of light sources, I create elusive imagistic plays of form, line and color, which provoke both the visceral, and intellectual pleasures of seeing. My conscious obliteration of the presentation of reality allows me to expand the illusionistic space of digital photography. When viewed in sequence, evoking subtle passage of time, these abstract images have a rhythmic flow to them, reflecting my interest in world music and Persian poetry.In contrast to my abstract work, my metaphoric photographs make use of appropriated imagery taken from a broad variety of sources including film, family photographic archives, and Persian illustrated manuscripts among others. I often obscure the original source material by adding layers of text or inserting a background of abstract patterns derived from my Iranian heritage. Though understated, this body of work references the politics of identity, class and social inequality.

As I continue to expand my photographic practice, hoping to probe the theme of perception in a new and inventive way, I encourage viewers to reconsider the traditional functions and expectations of the photographic image.

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Education

1975 Columbia University. Bachelor of Arts, Islamic Studies
1976 Columbia University. Master’s Candidate, Islamic Art
1982-86 Studied Photography with Jerry Ullsman, Ernst Haas, Judy Dater and Ralph Gibson
1995 Studied Printing with Valdir Cruz

 

Selected Shows

2013
Louisiana Art and Science Museum, “The Edge of Vision,” Baton Rouge, LA 2012
Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences, “The Edge of Vision,” Charleston, WV

2012
Schneider Museum of Art, “Edge of Vision,” Ashland, OR

2011
Third Streaming, Summer Picks, New York, NY

2011
The Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College,
“Edge of Vision,” Winter Park, FL

2010
Center for Creative Photography at the University of Tucson, “Edge of Vision,” Tucson, AZ

2010
AR/Contemporary Art, “Ephemeral Textures”, Milan, Italy

2009
Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao, China
Aperture Foundation, ”The Edge of Vision”, New York, NY
Lee Weber Fine Art, Solo Show, Greenwich, CT
Lee Weber Fine Art, Solo Show, Scarsdale, NY

2008
LTMH Gallery,” East West Dialogues”, New York, NY
LTMH Gallery, “Inaugural Show”, New York, NY

2007
Bridge Art Fair, MIami, FL
07 Arts Project, Contemporary Art Fair, London, England
LTMH Gallery, “Flowers”, New York, NY
LTMH Gallery, “Poetic Visions”, New York, NY
LTMH Gallery, “Black and White”, New York, NY

2006
LTMH Gallery, “Contemporary Persian Themes”, New York, NY

2005
LTMH Gallery, “Gallery Artists”, New York, NY
Throckmorton Gallery, NewYork, NY

2004
Carrington Gallery, San Antonio,TX

2003
Kim Eckenroth Gallery, Boulder, CO
Kennedy Boesky Gallery, New York, NY

2002
Sarah Northland Gallery, New York,NY

 

Publications

Rexer, Lyle. “The Antiquarian Avant-Garde”, Abrams, New York, NY 2002
Rexer, Lyle. “The Edge of Vision: Abstraction in Contemporary Photography”, Aperture, New York 2009

Press

Guarducci, Barbara, & Cipriani, Lorenzo. “Shirine Gill and The Borderlands”, Pantoneview, October 2013
Webb, Sarah L.”Full Exposure’’, DIG Baton Rouge, February 2013
Bell, Graham. “Extreme Photography and Abstract States”, Oregon Artswatch, 2012
Clerici, Francesco. “Ephemeral Textures”, October 2010