ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 Cabelo - A Gentil Carioca - March 30th - May 15th Sun, 29 Mar 2015 13:50:02 +0000 Jim Shaw - Mass MOCA - March 28th - February 7th, 2016 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>MASS MoCA Presents Jim Shaw's Largest U.S. Exhibition</strong><br /><br />Since the 1970s, Jim Shaw has created a vast body of work spanning diverse media and reference points. Shaw&rsquo;s work mines the essentials of American cultural detritus, from comic books, pulp novels, and album covers, to vintage advertisements, movie posters, and noise rock. Originating from these sources, the work often features recurring characters including himself, his friends, fictional superheroes, politicians, and film stars. Combining text and the painted figure with objects and drawings from his unconscious, Shaw&rsquo;s works consistently illustrate purposely bad puns, while twisting politics, religion, and belief into one long dream sequence.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">For the exhibition at MASS MoCA, Shaw will focus on over-arching themes of fallibility &ndash; fallen heroes, collapsed economies and political figures, and the idea of sin and doomsday predictions. The centerpiece of&nbsp;<em>Entertaining Doubts</em>&nbsp;will be a series of large-scale paintings that Shaw began in 2004, utilizing old theatrical backdrops that he cuts apart. Turning painting into architecture, these works essentially function as political cartoons, populated by figures such as Barbara Bush, 20th-century religious prophet Aleister Crowley, and Dan Quayle, with themes ranging from the seven deadly sins and the four horsemen of the apocalypse to the great deluge. Continuing this series for MASS MoCA, Shaw will create a new work,&nbsp;<em>Not Since Superman Died</em>. Using a 24x49-foot shredded backdrop, this piece will focus on an injured and endangered Superman along with video imagery of floods. The superhero in peril is a well-known motif, but here Shaw never shows us the heroic escape, turning Superman into a mere mortal.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In addition to these banner works, Shaw will also exhibit additional paintings and objects as well as a series of films relating to his&nbsp;<em>Oism</em>&nbsp;project. &ldquo;Oism&rdquo; is a false religion created by Shaw, one that draws from the history of American religious practices from Mormonism to Scientology. Supposedly founded in the 1840s by Annie O&rsquo;Wooton, who discovered a prophesy about &ldquo;O,&rdquo; Shaw&rsquo;s religion centers on a virgin who gave birth to herself at the dawn of history and brought writing and agriculture to society. &ldquo;I&rdquo; &ndash; a stand-in for patriarchy/ego &ndash; eventually toppled this matriarchal religion. Shaw weaves a believable tale, but mostly presents us with the idea that his religion, like all religions, comes from the imagination of its inventor. In this way, Shaw can criticize what has become the business of faith in contemporary society. The films in this series vary &ndash; one is part of a prog-rock opera light show; another has a 1970s earth mother performance vibe to it, recalling early experiments with modern dance; a third echoes low-budget horror film dream sequences; and a fourth records a men&rsquo;s secret society initiation ritual.&nbsp;<br /><br />Whether through paintings, video, or objects, Shaw&rsquo;s work steadfastly reminds us that the end is near and that reality is absurdly plausible.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Jim Shaw (born 1952 in Midland, Michigan) lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. He received his B.A. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and his M.F.A. at the California Institute of the Arts. His work has been shown extensively and has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions, including a career retrospective at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK; CAPC, Musee de&rsquo;Art Contemporain de Bordeaux, France; MoMA PS1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY; Magasin, Centre National d&rsquo;Art Contemporain, Grenoble, France; ICA, London; and Musee d&rsquo;Art Moderne et Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland. Shaw exhibited at the Encyclopedic Palace in the 55th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy; Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, the Netherlands; and the Chalet Society, Paris, France. His work is also featured in prominent public and private collections, such as the Museum of Modern Art, NY; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NY; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN. Shaw is represented by Blum &amp; Poe, Metro Pictures, Simon Lee Gallery, and Praz-Delavallade, Paris.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>This exhibition is supported by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Blum &amp; Poe, Metro Pictures, Simon Lee Gallery, Atelier 4 Inc., and ArtNet.</em></p> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:52:19 +0000 ABOVE - Metro Gallery - June 8th, 2012 - July 2nd, 2012 <p>A solo exhibition at Metro Gallery in Melbourne, Australia 2012</p> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 11:31:34 +0000