Greater Toronto Art 2024, March 22–July 28.

Erin Shirreff


December 5, 2020
–December 18, 2020

Erin Shirreff, Still, 2019. Colour video, silent, 39′00″ loop. Courtesy of the artist and Bradley Ertaskiran, Montreal.

In Still (2019), a silent and durational video, the artist knits together a series of tableaus of graphite-colored, poured plaster forms into a seamless, unending scroll. Rough-hewn slabs, flat arcs, and nondescript bowl-like volumes are interspersed with casts of more recognizable objects, all lit with a single raking light and backdrop of deep black into which elements, at random moments, recede. The work evokes 17th-century Vanitas compositions and, with its play of shadow and scale, an abandoned modernist cityscape, or a scattered workshop table late at night. 

This video has been selected as part of a programmatic take over by independent curator, Daisy Desrosiers.

Past Shift Key Programmes

A still from Cecilia Vicuña "Paracas" (1983)
Cecilia Vicuña
A Still from Cauleen Smith "Pilgrim" (2017)
Cauleen Smith
Mona Hatoum
Aura Satz
Preemptive Listening (Part 1: The Fork in the Road)