Nostalgia for naught
Dori Hana Scherer
May 3rd, 2018 - June 10th, 2018
Specialist presents Nostalgia for naught, a solo exhibition by Dori Hana Scherer. For her title piece, or what she refers to as “the title track of my first record,” Scherer adapts Seattle’s Parks and Recreation signage throughout the city into a memorabilia poster. While the parks department is currently in the process of revamping their iconic ‘rainbow’ stripes, Nostalgia for naught sets the tone for the show, recalling personal and vernacular imagery that has been lost
in a sea of plasticized fantasy and projection.
Scherer’s low-relief objects suggest exterior signage, interior decor, and toys. They mix familiar icons and hackneyed aesthetics as a sort of visual and psychical game. Her titles are hints or doorways with which to enter the work, while the abstraction of symbols and process become a tool to both make and negate meaning. Scherer began this body of work after moving back to her hometown of Seattle, processing the rapid development of the city. In confronting her emotionally distant nostalgia for the “old Seattle,” and relating this feeling to her dissociative generation at large, Scherer fabricates the negotiations of personal identity.
Dori Hana Scherer lives and works in Seattle, WA. She got her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is currently getting her masters there as well in their low-residency MFA program. She has shown at Actual Size Los Angeles, WERK in Los Angeles, and SOIL Gallery in Seattle, and has been included in numerous other group exhibitions throughout the country.