KÖNIG GALERIE is excited to present CATHARTIC ILLUSTRATION, a solo exhibition with works by Jeremy Shaw in the Chapel of ST. AGNES. CATHARTIC ILLUSTRATION presents a new body of silkscreen works by Jeremy Shaw. Using documentary images culled from newspaper archives, the subjects depicted in the prints appear to be experiencing an excessive spiritual, somatic or technological altered state of consciousness. They shake, quiver, spiral, strobe and stutter; the excessiveness of the effect is one of a vibration between the particular subject depicted and the generic subject of the camera’s gaze – a gaze that can no longer find sobriety. It’s unclear if the subjects are still alive, but they certainly haunt the present. The source photographs have been refracted in-camera through various effect lenses in the process of reshooting, skewing the subjects poses and proportions to illustrate a subjective experience upon which one can only speculate. Perhaps the distance produced by the artworks in time and space from the real human subjects depicted makes this the most effective way to photographically capture the state of catharsis.
Jeremy Shaw (1977 North Vancouver, Canada) works in a variety of media to explore altered states and the cultural and scientific practices that aspire to map transcendental experience. Often combining and amplifying strategies of veritéfilmmaking, conceptual art, music video and scientific research, he creates a post-documentary space that complicates expectations of the moving image as a form of testimony. Shaw has had solo exhibitions at Centre Pompidou, Paris, MoMA PS1, New York, Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin, and MOCA, Toronto, and been featured in international surveys such as the 57th Venice Biennale, and Manifesta 11, Zurich. In 2016 he was awarded the Sobey Art Award and in 2018 was artist-in-residence at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. Works by Shaw are held in public collections worldwide including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Centre Pompidou, Paris, and Tate Modern, London.
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