Shary Boyle in New York, NY

My friend Mariko had told me about Shary Boyle, a highly regarded Canadian artist, when I was going to visit Toronto for the first time a few years ago.

SHRINE and Sargent’s Daughters share a gallery space in the Two Bridges neighborhood in New York City. I was thrilled to see Boyle’s show The Forgetting and Jennifer Rochlin’s show, P-22 all in one stop. My ceramics fix for the day!

“Shary Boyle (b. 1972, Toronto, Canada) works across diverse media, including sculpture, drawing, installation and performance. Highly crafted and deeply imaginative, her practice is activated through collaboration and mentorship. Boyle’s work considers the social history of figurines, animist mythologies, antiquated technologies and folk art forms to create a symbolic, politically charged language uniquely her own.” (Sargent’s Daughters)

The Forgetting, 2022
Porcelain, underglaze, china paint, glazes, gold lustre, rolling paper
Another view
Justice, 2022
Porcelain, underglaze, china paint, glazes, gold lustre
Another view
Rage, 2022
Porcelain, underglaze, china paint, glazes, gold lustre, gold chain
Another view

Along with the ceramic pieces, there were paintings by Boyle. Most had a porcelain mask incorporated in the painting. I’m not a big fan of masks, but didn’t know Boyle could also paint. I liked the painting below the most out of the eight. Boyle can do it all.

Father, 2022
Acrylic gouache on linen, porcelain

“Shary Boyle’s work is exhibited and collected internationally. She represented Canada with her project Music for Silence at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013, and her work has been featured at the 2017 Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale in South Korea and the 2021 Kaunas Biennial in Lithuania. Boyle is the recipient of Canada’s Hnatyshyn Foundation Award, the Gershon Iskowitz Prize, and holds a 2021 Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the Ontario College of Art and Design University.” (Sargent’s Daughters)

The exhibition runs through December 17, 2022.

Leave a Reply