Opening Reception: Saturday, April 12, 7-10 pm
Kevin Bruk Gallery is pleased to present the gallery’s second solo exhibition of work by New York artist David Shaw. The opening reception will be held on Saturday, April 12th, 2008 from 7-10 pm. The exhibition will be on display until May 31st.
Nearly three years since his previous exhibition in the gallery, sculptor David Shaw continues to excavate the seemingly endless layers of biology, physics, nature, and technology. As content becomes denser, the engineering and aesthetics of his sculpture become equally complex and cohesive. Shaw seems to employ a fourth dimension through the use of holographic laminate that provokes the viewer to adapt to new and unfamiliar visual sensations, yet the work manages to remain traditionally sculptural.
As visually accessible as Shaw’s work may be, a significant amount of theory, concept, belief and personal interest is involved. In making art, there is often difficulty in the balancing of worthwhile content with physical beauty, and not sacrificing one for the other. It may be argued that, aside from the apparent aesthetic and material concerns of Shaw’s sculptures, the work verges on the conceptual. The problem with labeling his work as conceptual art however, is that a conceptualist’s work requires little or no physical craftsmanship in its execution. David Shaw’s work is quite the contrary, and aside from being contemporary sculpture by definition, is rather categorically ambiguous. Through the use of steel, wood (raw and finished), paint, holographic laminate, and found objects, Shaw now ventures into a more personal realm than in his last exhibition here in 2005, which was heavily entrenched in a nature vs. technology dialect.
Nursery, for example, uses strict geometric constituents bound together by an organic element to represent a nurse log. A nurse log is a tree which has fallen, and as it decays, provides the ecological foundation for new trees. In this instance, Shaw’s work depicts a tree that fell prematurely, as if struck by lighting or subjected to high winds. This fatal ‘accident,’ as it were, being initially morbid in nature represents a second chance at life. Nursery touches on generative themes, and embraces optimistic notions and positive spins on misfortunate occurrences.
Another piece that is untitled has forms suggestive of a workbench and other objects that read as tools or a book represent the idea of wanting more from life, fabrication, and the concept of work itself. There exists a rule of thumb to use everything around us, and not to wait for the “right” thing to come along. For Shaw, beauty exists in the inherent usefulness in all that we see and find. Untitled is a prompt to examine the full nature of reality, including the relationship between mind and matter, substance and attribute, fact and value.
David Shaw was born in Rochester, New York, in 1965. He lives and works in Brooklyn and attended the School of Visual Arts in New York, NY in 1987. That same year, he graduated B.A. cum laude and honors from Colgate University in Hamilton, NY. Shaw has also exhibited with Feature, INC. in New York City and Galeria Astuni in Pietrasanta, Italy.