DCKT Contemporary is pleased to present two solo exhibitions: new paintings by CLAIRE SHERMAN and new needlepoint works by MARIA E. PIÑERES.

CLAIRE SHERMAN paintings address tragedy, romanticism and ambivalence through landscape. Philosophical writings on the sublime and existentialism influence her recent paintings depicting scenes of vast open spaces, cliffs, ravines, rapids and other ominous topography. The choice of landscape is deliberately idiosyncratic; the scenes can be anywhere or anything: tropical, arctic, lunar, or mundane. However, despite the hopeful curiosity this variety implies, emptiness pervades each environment. SHERMAN’s approach is bold and painterly with large sweeping brushstrokes, from thin to overly thick areas of paint, as her images waver between abstraction and representation.

SHERMAN lives and works in Chicago. Her work is included in the Margulies Collection (Miami) and the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art (Overland, KS). Recent solo exhibitions include Kavi Gupta Gallery (Chicago) and Hof & Huyser (Amsterdam). She was included in the group exhibition Future Tense: Reshaping the Landscape at the Neuberger Museum of Art (Purchase, NY) in 2008. SHERMAN has been selected as a recipient of The Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation Space Program for 2009-10.

MARIA E. PIÑERES’s needlepoint works place the nude figure in an optical duel with decorative arts. Tantalizing black and white nudes are juxtaposed with the sharp bright colors borrowed and built upon from wallpaper patterns of the glamorous Art Deco era, questioning positive and negative space. The black, white and grey figures emphasize both the nostalgic value of erotic nudes of early men’s “physique” periodicals and “girlie” magazines.

PIÑERES lives and works in Los Angeles. Recent solo exhibitions include Walter Maciel Gallery (Los Angeles). She was included in the group exhibitions Pricked: Extreme Embroidery at the Museum of Arts & Design (New York) and Celebrity at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (Scottsdale, AZ).

The exhibition will be on view at DCKT Contemporary, 195 Bowery (at Spring Street).

Summer Hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 11am – 5pm.

Please note that the gallery will be closed on July 3 & 4.




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Claire Sherman, Maria E. Piñeres

June 26 - August 22, 2009
Opens June 25, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Weeds II

Claire Sherman, Weeds II, 2008


Claire Sherman, Sage, 2008


Claire Sherman, Clover, 2009

Hole III

Claire Sherman, Hole III, 2009

Mountain II

Claire Sherman, Mountain II, 2009

Hole II

Claire Sherman, Hole II, 2009


Claire Sherman, Overhang, 2009

Cliff and Water

Claire Sherman, Cliff and Water, 2009

Island II

Claire Sherman, Island II, 2009


Claire Sherman, Glacier, 2009


Claire Sherman, Hole, 2008

Hill and Trees

Claire Sherman, Hill and Trees, 2008

Hot Springs

Claire Sherman, Hot Springs, 2008

Pile of Sticks II

Claire Sherman, Pile of Sticks II, 2008

Trees VII

Claire Sherman, Trees VII, 2008


Maria E. Piñeres, deco1, 2009


Maria E. Piñeres, deco2, 2009


Maria E. Piñeres, deco3, 2009


Maria E. Piñeres, deco4, 2009


Maria E. Piñeres, deco5, 2009


Maria E. Piñeres, deco6, 2009


Maria E. Piñeres, deco7, 2009


Maria E. Piñeres, deco8, 2009


Maria E. Piñeres, deco9, 2009


Maria E. Piñeres, deco10, 2009


Maria E. Piñeres, deco11, 2009

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