Jennifer Rose Sciarrino: Patterned Recognition

June 21 - July 19, 2014

Patterned Recognition continues Sciarrino’s use of materially rigorous language. With an interest in the complexity of one’s understanding of objects, materials, textures and surfaces, a combination of sculpture and image-making through digital means is used to envisage possibilities and to also propose variations of how one perceives the 3D modeled world.

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A modular installation consisting of tables fills the gallery space, organized similar to a sterile working environment. Resting on the tables, plaster sculptures shaped through a CNC process emerge from underneath printed fabric. The fabric hugs the sculptures, superimposing images and patterns onto the surface of the plaster, thereby performing the function of texture mapping in a 3D modeling program.

Modeling programs have the ability to create a subtle science fiction. Objects can be imagined and designed to such detail that they can be understood easily in the physical world, although the space-time relationship is not the same. The method of adding detail and texture to 3D rendered objects has become polished and proficient to the point that a material’s characteristics look, sound and act like its archetype. The project considers a variety of materials and processes in order to carry out an investigation of one’s understanding of differing items and how we impose value onto them based on our economy, culture or experience.

Jennifer Rose Sciarrino (b. 1983) lives and works in Toronto, Canada. She attained her BFA in 2006 at the School of Image Arts, Ryerson University. Sciarrino’s work has been included in numerous group shows, including trans/FORM at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (2012) and To What Earth Does this Sweet Cold Belong? at the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery (2011). In 2012 Canadian Art magazine editor Rick Rhodes curated her work in Aerials, a series of exhibitions and artist talks during Art Toronto. Most recently her work was included in More Than Two (Let It Make Itself) at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto, Volumes: Works in Paper at the Burnaby Art Gallery, Canada, and Who’s afraid of Purple, Orange and Green? at Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, Canada. Sciarrino was one of the recipients of the 2013 Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts’ Artist Prize.


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