Silver gelatin photograph, acrylic, chrome
95 x 65 x 25 cm
Shaw’s practice is an in-depth exploration of the conditions of mediation in relation to spiritual, religious and subcultural ideologies, notions of enlightenment, scientific data visualization of the brain, altered states of consciousness, psychedelic experimentation, and the desire to search out meaning beyond what is currently acceptable as it appears in cultural forms of expression. The works have a timeless quality – they continually address the shifting present context from which the viewer approaches them.
Shaw’s artistic position is unique: his work is both critical and socially engaged, speculative and embodied, conceptual and affective. There is a caution and scepticism in Shaw’s belief.
The photographs are framed under precisely faceted picture lenses, designed by the artist to create multiple refracted images of a specific element within the photo. This mediation of the presented image not only appears to approximate the altered state of consciousness of the photographic subject(s), it heightens an awareness of the perspectives of the camera, the beliefs or values of the original photographer and the viewer of the artwork; they are brought into relation around the very notion of capture, witnessing, authenticity and representability.Sharing the main space is a quasi-experimental work in which Shaw becomes the subject of a scientific apparatus.
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