Elizabeth Sher: SURREALITY

February 12, 2021 – March 20, 2021


 

Elizabeth Sher’s artwork over the last decade has been inspired by residencies in other countries. She makes small scale works abroad, brings them back to her Oakland studio, and lets them evolve into more finished pieces. This year, Covid-19 made travel impossible. Starting in mid-March, Sher sheltered in place at a cottage on the Russian River where everything was closed and time slowed down. For three months this satellite studio became a refuge, its own unique kind of artist residency.

Sher had a tablet of graph paper and became obsessed with drawing x’s and o’s in, on, over and around the field of teal squares. She states, “While love (o’s and x’s) can’t fix everything, it’s still important to hold onto, especially in frightening times.” Repeated mark-making became a calming physical mantra, resulting in the series Graphing an Uncertain Future.

Soon came the fires: dense smoke, scary orange skies, devastation. Visibility was very low. This, along with news stories repeating endlessly, made it hard to see clearly. The series Smoke Screens is her response to the lack of clarity on so many fronts.

What’s Inside These Shorts? (in the video alcove) is a 20-minute reel of short videos made during the past year – a time for reassessment.
Elizabeth Sher is a Bay Area artist and filmmaker and Professor Emeritus of Art at the California College of the Arts where she taught Painting and Media Arts for over 3 decades.

Sher’s drawings, prints, paintings and artist books are included in the collections of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Fine Arts Museum of California, San Jose Museum of Art, Oakland Museum of California, Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, De Saisset Museum, Carnegie Mellon University Hunt Collection, and the United States Embassy Collection. She has exhibited in the Bay Area, nationally and internationally and has screened her films in festivals and on television in the US and abroad.

All work listed below is for sale. Click on the image to purchase.

 

 

Smoke Screen (Caged), 2020-21, 20"(h)x30'(w), archival ink on aluminum, $450
Smoke Screen (Gold), 2020-21, 20"(h)x30"(w), archival ink on aluminum, $450
Smoke Screen (Scarlet), 2020-21, 20"(h)x30"(w), archival ink on aluminum $450
Smoke Screen (Ultra-marine), 2020-21, 20"(h)x30"(w), archival ink on aluminum, $450
Smoke Screen (Umber), 2020-21, 20"(h)x30"(w), archival ink on aluminum, $450
Smoke Screen (Violet), 2020-21, 20"(h)x30"(w), archival ink on aluminum, $450
Graphing an Uncertain Future #1 , 2020-21, 17"(h)x19”(w), drawing materials on graph paper, $250
Graphing an Uncertain Future #2, 2020-21, 17"(h)x19”(w), drawing materials on graph paper, $250
Graphing an Uncertain Future #3, 2020-21, 17"(h)x19”(w), drawing materials on graph paper, $250
Graphing an Uncertain Future #4, 2020-21, 19"(h)x17”(w), drawing materials on graph paper, $250
Graphing an Uncertain Future #5, 2020-21, 17"(h)x19”(w), drawing materials on graph paper, $250
Graphing an Uncertain Future #6, 2020-21, 17"(h)x19”(w), drawing materials on graph paper, $250
Graphing an Uncertain Future #7, 2020-21, 17"(h)x19”(w), drawing materials on graph paper, $250
Graphing an Uncertain Future #8, 2020-21, 17'(h)x19”(w), drawing materials on graph paper, $250
Graphing an Uncertain Future #9, 2020-21, 17"(h)x19”(w), drawing materials on graph paper, $250
Graphing an Uncertain Future #10, 2020-21, 17"(h)x19”(w), drawing materials on graph paper, $250
Graphing an Uncertain Future #11, 2020-21, 17"(h)x19”(w), drawing materials on graph paper, $250
Graphing an Uncertain Future #12, 2020-21, 19'(h)x17”(w), drawing materials on graph paper, $250
Graphing an Uncertain Future #13, 2020-21, 17"(h)x19”(w), drawing materials on graph paper, $250
Graphing an Uncertain Future #14, 2020-21, 17"(h)x19”(w), drawing materials on graph paper, $250
Graphing an Uncertain Future #15, 2020-21, 19"(h)x17”(w), drawing materials on graph paper, $250
Graphing an Uncertain Future #16, 2020-21, 17"(h)x19”(w), drawing materials on graph paper, $250
Graphing an Uncertain Future #17, 2020-21, 17"(h)x19”(w), drawing materials on graph paper, $250
More Virtual Love Wanted, 2020-21, 14"(h)x11”(w), metallic paint on yupo, $135 framed
Virtual Love Wanted, 2020-21, 14"(h) Hx11"(w), metallic paint on yupo, $135 framed
More Virtual Hugs Needed, 2020-21, 14"(h)x11”(w), metallic paint on yupo, $135 framed
More Virtual Hugs & Kisses Needed, 2020-21, 14"(h)x11”(w), metallic paint on yupo, $135 framed
Surreality, 2020, 6"(h)x8” (w), ink on handmade paper,$150 in white wood frame
Green Means Go, 2020, 6"(w) x 8"(h), ink on handmade paper, $125 in white wood frame
Hold On, 2020, 6"(w) x 8"(h), ink on handmade paper, $125 in white wood frame
Red Means Stop, 2020, 6"(w) x 8"(h), ink on handmade paper, $125 in white wood frame
Who Knew, 2020, 6"(w) x 8"(h), ink on handmade paper, $125 in white wood frame
Who Stole My Dream, 2020, 6"(w) x 8"(h), ink on handmade paper, $125 in white wood frame
SUREALLITY mask, free with purchase of artwork / $25 stand alone price.

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What’s Inside These Shorts: 4 short (mostly) new films by Elizabeth Sher

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