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Tim A Shaw

artist  |  Tim A Shaw

London

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Tim A Shaw's work combines images and symbols from different periods in macho culture to create more excessive or ambiguous identities. Shawʼs mixed media postcard assemblages explore how we can alter ourselves not only physically with silicone implants or re-constructive surgery, but also socially and culturally. Through every slit and stitch in his collage, gender, place and ethnicity become fluid categories. One reading is that identity is an endlessly malleable ... Read more
Tim A Shaw's work combines images and symbols from different periods in macho culture to create more excessive or ambiguous identities.

Shawʼs mixed media postcard assemblages explore how we can alter ourselves not only physically with silicone implants or re-constructive surgery, but also socially and culturally. Through every slit and stitch in his collage, gender, place and ethnicity become fluid categories. One reading is that identity is an endlessly malleable construction, but Shaw's work suggests something else; that no matter how hard we strive to meet the demands of a society which values, superficial fulfilment, external beauty and instant gratification, we are doomed tragically and ludicrously to fail.

In Shaw's sculptures, taxidermied salmon, mackerel and snapper are each wired up and connected to filament light bulbs. They provoke a reaction which continually oscillates between revulsion, at the lifeless corpse that is wired and electrified, and reverence, of the employment of the painterly language of the still life and chiaroscuro. Further to this, Shaw's fish lights draw attention to the mechanical processes in any living body, acting as a literal depiction of the body as an automata. Read less
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