KIRA SCERBIN – WHEN THEY PET BRAIN
November 9 – December 9, 2018
You are a complete human
To please you with intellect and fineness of brain limits who can pet us...
When They Pet Brain features five new paintings and two sculptures by Kira Scerbin and examines ways
to view both the transformation and traces of alien bodies.
Three paintings on wooden board, in the shape of a girl’s head, a pumpkin, and a found farm wheel
respectively, offer Scerbin a frame for her portals where witches, goblins and spirits contort themselves.
Her surfaces, much like the subject of the paintings, deceive our expectations, the edges of the boards
curving to better contain the forces that are housed within them. Scerbin’s use of wax, twigs, soap, and
lavender, among other materials in her sculpture, creates unfamiliar and devious forms. Here we can peek into
her world of anthropomorphic trees and fossilized remains as a means of reacquainting ourselves with
our own physicality.
Scerbin’s work allows us entrance into realms that are at once uncomfortable and unknown. Like the
sensation that she proposes in the title of the show, of literally being able to pet our own brain, Scerbin
shows us new ways that we can relate, see and feel our flesh.
Do not be afraid
This is natural
Earthiness irrationality death force and the little creeper
This is the goblin wind: el duende...
Kira Scerbin (b. 1991, Cleveland, OH) received her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
in 2014. Scerbin currently has work in Give Plaza, a group show at In Lieu, Los Angeles. Recent
exhibitions include New Works / Horses 2, Chicago, IL; Good Enough, Atlanta, GA; Phil Gallery, Portland,
OR; Species, Atlanta, GA; Disco City #8 Art Gallery, Chicago IL.
They're all Potatoes, 2018, oil and wax on wood, 23 x 34 1/2 inches
Dino Pie, 2018, joint compound, oil and wood, 12 x 12 x 2 inches
REALMS REALMS REALMS REALMS REALMS, 2018, oil and wax on wood, 23 1/2 x 43 inches
Christine, 2018, oil on canvas, 16 x 12 inches
Mairiana Trench, 2018, oil and wax on wood, 21 x 21 inches
A Petter, 2018, stick, wax, chamomile, valerian, and lavender, 56 x 13 1/2 x 12 inches