Drawings. The exhibition includes rare airbrush works of the late 1970s, the narrative and illustrative drawings of the 1980s 'Billy Series', many 1990s Dream Drawings, and works from Shaw's new Americana pseudo-religion 'O-ism'.
Metro Pictures opens the 2003/04 season with an exhibition of 20+ Years of Drawings by Los Angeles based artist Jim Shaw. The exhibition includes rare airbrush works of the late 1970s, the narrative and illustrative drawings of the 1980s 'Billy Series', many 1990s Dream Drawings, and works from Shaw's new Americana pseudo-religion 'O-ism'.
Drawing is the one constant in Shaw's wide ranging enterprise that regularly embraces every medium (painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, music, etc.) useful in exploring the myriad nuances of his fictional constructs. Shaw's skillful and diverse works on paper are often highly detailed and technically meticulous, but can also draw upon informal drawing gestures and graphic styles that quote comic books, storyboards, advertising or illustration. Shaw's sources, in addition to current and historical art references, is often the vast expanse of the seemingly ordinary but eccentric and obscure cultural detritus found in used bookshops, thrift stores and flea markets across the U. S.
'My Mirage' is a visually coded coming-of-age tale as told by the artists alter-ego 'Billy,' an 'every kid' born in the 1950s that covers his adolescent cultural landscape of the 1960s and 1970s. Began in 1992, the Dream Drawings are Shaw's documentation of his vivid dream life which provided the content for much of his painting and sculpture of the period.
Shaw's recent 'O-ist' work, exhibited last year in New York at Metro Pictures and the Swiss Institute, includes abstract expressionist marks purported to be from the Book of O.
Jim Shaw's works are represented in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, MusÃ©e d'Art Moderne et Contemporain of Geneva, Switzerland, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Jim Shaw's work is currently on view at Magasin, Center National d'Art Contemporain, Grenoble, France. The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles will show the full 'My Mirage' (Billy) series as will the Whitney Museum of American Art. 'Everything Must Go' was exhibited at Casino Luxembourg, MAMBO in Geneva and the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati.
'Thrift Store Paintings' (actual found paintings) were shown in 2000 at the ICA in London. Shaw's work has been included in major shows of Los Angeles artists such as 'Helter Skelter' at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, 'Performance Anxiety' at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and 'Sunshine and Noir', which originated at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark and traveled throughout Europe and the United States. His work was included in the 1991 Whitney Biennial and in the 2002 Biennial of Sydney Australia.
For additional information or images, please contact Travis Choat or Allison Card at Metro Pictures.
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