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Sherry Kerlin: Portraits Of The Unseen

483 Gallery

Jul 2013

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September 11, 2013
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483 Gallery is pleased to announce Portraits Of the Unseen, an exhibition of works by Sherry Kerlin. The opening reception will be held on October 11, 7-10pm.

Sunflowers At Night, 2012 Oil on canvas, 24 x 22 inches

Sherry Kerlin╩╝s paintings and drawings are dedicated to her unending search for the narratives that lie beneath what appears to be the immutable concrete surface of reality. She says, “I passed a poster in a window that in effect read that behind every truth there is another larger and greater truth. I have experienced that every circumstance has many layers to it. I am trying to achieve the seemingly impossible and contradictory task of painting that which cannot be seen. I have given up trying to know the one exact truth and discovered the pleasure of mystery”.

Kerlin paints in a diffused, soft lyrical style that is meant to mimic the transitory nature of an object or figure. Many of the paintings are done in black and white in an attempt to bend reality to another perceptual level. Each painting is usually confined to focus on one or two objects in order to more fully explore their unique worlds. The scale of work is small to create a sense of intimacy. These formal elements are there to support her strong sense of narrative – the soul of her work.

Sherry Kerlin received her BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago and the Kansas City Art Institute. She has shown her work in many important galleries in New York City and throughout the United States. A retrospective of her work will take place in the Fall of 2013 at the Berman Art Gallery at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York. Her artwork and resume can be fully explored on her website: For more information, contact Jamie Alarian at 630.404.3655

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