Colin Sherrell – That’s Right, It’s All About Me

Colin Sherrell – That’s Right, It’s All About Me

University of St. Francis Art Gallery
25 East Van Buren Street
Joliet, IL, 60432

On Exhibit: February 5 – March 28, 2018
Artist Lecture and Reception: Thursday, February 15, 6-8pm

The University of St Francis is pleased to feature the art works of Colin Sherrell. Pulling from the past and present, Artist Colin Sherrell renders himself as the subject of investigation in his next solo exhibition: That’s Right, It’s All About Me! During the late 1960s and 1970s artists began to use their own bodies as both subject and material. Sherrell continues this trend by presenting a body of work that expands upon and plays with the ideas and approaches to traditional and nontraditional self-portraits. In a space between resemblance and characterization, abstraction and representation, using painting, sculpture, drawing, and photography, Sherrell investigates his own place, image, and existence in this world. Calling upon art history, Sherrell’s work can be associated to artists such as Bruce Nauman, Robert Morris, and Chuck Close who emerged in the 1970s, a decade dubbed the “Me Generation”.

Colin Sherrell, Blank Canvas (Tattooed and Pierced), acrylic on canvas and piercings

Colin Sherrell, “Blank Canvas (Tattooed and Pierced)”,
acrylic on canvas and piercings

“It is the quest of our ego that drives us along the eternal and never-ending journey we must all explore. What am I? This is the question that constantly persecutes and torments me.” Max Beckmann. Sherrell also asks, “What am I?” by referencing his own personal relationships; how we as people fit together through our interconnectedness to each other, and how he physically occupies space and time. Sherrell also showcases an insight into his own self-representation with work from his childhood to present as well as paintings from his grandfather and father Charles and Steve Sherrell. In all works presented in “That’s Right, It’s All About Me”, Colin Sherrell, the artist, is present and relatable to the general audience. The works may even draw us to explore our own existence through self-analyses.

Colin Sherrell, Self Contained, birch and basswood

Colin Sherrell, “Self Contained”, birch and basswood

Colin Sherrell’s “That’s Right, It’s All About Me” will be on display at the University of St Francis Art Gallery located at 25 E. Van Buren St. in Joliet, IL 60432. The opening reception will be Thursday February 15, 2018 from 6-8 pm. The exhibition will be open February 5th through March 27th.

Colin Sherrell, Tabula Rasa, linen, cotton batting, and pine

Colin Sherrell, “Tabula Rasa”, linen, cotton batting, and pine

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