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Artist: Erin Shirreff, Canadian, born 1975, M.F.A. 2005

Sculpture Park (Tony Smith)

2006

Single-channel video, color, silent

loop: 37 mins.
Purchased with a gift from the Arthur and Constance Zeckendorf Foundation
2013.89.2

In 2006, after looking at photographs of monumental outdoor sculptures by the modernist artist Tony Smith, Erin Shirreff considered the process of experiencing a two-dimensional reproduction of a three-dimensional work of art. For Sculpture Park (Tony Smith), Shirreff created miniature cardboard maquettes based on photographs of Smith’s work, including his Amaryllis (1965/68, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis). In Shirreff’s video, falling Styrofoam “snow,” sifted through a window screen, clings to the maquettes, revealing their forms out of the darkness. The maquettes themselves captured Smith’s sculptures only from a single photographic viewpoint; Shirreff’s work thus leaves many aspects of Smith’s art unseen. She returned to this exploration in Sculpture for Snow (2013.89.1).

Culture: 
Canadian
Period: 
21st century
Classification: 
Time-Based Media - Moving Images
Provenance: 

Collection of the artist

Bibliography: 

Lisa Hodermarsky et al., On the Basis of Art: 150 Years of Women at Yale, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2021), 286–87, no. 71, fig. 1.

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