Once I Had This Dream
ART 3 gallery is pleased to present GRETCHEN SCHERER, ONCE I HAD THIS DREAM. This will be the artist second solo exhibition at ART 3 gallery, 109 Ingraham Street, Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY 11237. From May 24- June 30, 2017. Gallery hours: Wed-Sat. 12-6PM, Sun. 1-5PM. ONCE I HAD THIS DREAM features 8 oil paintings Scherer meticulously rendered by manipulating classical architecture resulting in sublime scrambling of rooms within rooms stairs leading endlessly to nowhere hallways extending eternally backward. Exquisitely precise interiors become ciphers for consciousness and psychological renderings of space capturing the perception of rooms. Scherer creates paintings of fictional interiors that are dream-like windows into the past. Each painting departs from its original sources of inspiration to become imaginary spaces of possibility—much like the capriccios of 18th century Italian art. The artist bases her works on collages composed of different images she finds in old history of interior books. This creates tension within the work and the resulting painting is fragmented while at the same time appearing to all fit together. It relates to spolia, the re-use of artifacts and materials to create works of architecture and art. Rooms are linked together in curious ways stairs, halls and doorways go on endlessly as if in a dream where one cannot find an exit. Scherer’s paintings are about the blending of interior spaces that exist, either in the past or in our minds. "Gretchen Scherer's small paintings of exquisite interiors remind us of Jane Irish and are pretty delightful Scherer shares Irish’s joy in the depiction of fancy interiors and has a similarly lush palette, but there is something more ominous in those empty rooms, a clearly felt absence." - Gabriella Vainsencher (ARTFCITY September 2013) Gretchen Scherer received a BFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago and graduated with an MFA from Hunter College in 2006. Her work has been included in group shows in New York, Chicago, Rome and LA, as well as a two- person show in Oldenburg, Germany in the summer of 2015. Gretchen is represented by ART 3, Bushwick. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn.