Wilderness of Mirrors, solo exhibition Sullivan and Strumpf, Sydney, November 2011
Kate Shaw’s Wilderness of Mirrors is stimulated by the ubiquity of perception altering technology. Shaw intervenes the idea of ‘naturalism’ by an insertion of hyper real imagined colours into the landscape. In doing so, she questions the authenticity of perception, what the viewer receives from acute observation and what is induced by an imagined state of consciousness. Shaw has spent several months examining and playing spectator to our remote lands in Australia, including the Kimberlys and Arnhem Land which continue to feed her interest in examining the idea of landscape. Shaw’s alternative reading of the land becomes a bizarre projection of a post-apocalyptic future-scape. Using the natural process as a loom, Shaw’s technique somewhat mirrors nature’s organic movement. Her paint pours create a strange magnetic tempo into a central gravitational vortex. The combination is both confronting and unnerving, creating beautiful imagery through a strange fragmentation of the natural.
Contro Natura, acrylic and resin on board, 120cm x 240cm, 2011
Projections on William Jolly Bridge Brisbane, December 2011
Commissioned by the Museum of Brisbane
Curators: Rhonda Davis and Andrew Simpson
Macquarie University Museum, NSW
Arboreal explores the way trees are more than just biochemical entities but living cultures within their own right and capable of collecting narratives of historical and contemporary importance. The exhibition designed as vignettes, will incorporate the indoor museum space with that of the outdoor Arboretum museum to engage viewers with the different ways we understand and interact with nature
Taking a social history view of art, tree narratives, which have touched diverse and connected themes of exploration, colonialism, exploitation, environmental degradation and indigenous sacred sites and knowledge, are of vital importance to our current understanding of the environmental crisis we now all face.
The changing depiction of the tree over the historical period will be explored in relation to the changing views about national identity. In the current climate we feel contemporary artists have extended the dialogue to make us aware of the importance of protection to safe-guard trees as sacred eco-spiritual objects which is of contemporary socio-political relevance. The exhibition will comprise a variety of media including painting, photography, holography, video and installation art.
2-26 August 2011
Level 17 Artspace, Melbourne
Seeing to a distance: Single Channel Video Work From Australia, is the largest exhibition to showcase pivotal video art from Australia, within an innovative curatorial concept: to present a diverse selection of 24 new digital videos, on 24 retro Cathode Ray Tube televisions.
ARTISTS: JANET BURCHILL & JENNIFER McCAMLEY, PETER BURKE, LISA DETHRIDGE, BHAVANI G.S, PASCALE GOMES-McNABB, STEPHEN HALEY, ROBIN HELY, LILY HIBBERD, LARISSA HJORTH, LOU HUBBARD, DANIUS KESMINAS, NATASHA JOHNS-MESSENGER, LARESA KOSLOFF, DAVID LANS & WARLAYIRTI ARTISTS, HELEN MARCOU & QUINCY McLEAN, AMANDA MORGAN, JAMES MORGAN, MARY LOU PAVLOVIC, DAVID SIMPKIN, KATE SHAW, ELLA & GREG STEHLE, HARRIET TURNBULL, & JAMES VERDON.
The Spectator from kate shaw on Vimeo.
Coex Convention Centre, Soeul, Korea
Silver Morning, Acrylic and resin on board, 60cm x 180cm, 2011
solo exhibition 14 July – 13 August 2011
Liquefaction, acrylic and resin on board, 120cm x 300cm, 2011
7 May – 3 July 2011
In recent years psychedelic ideas and aesthetics have made a notable return to contemporary art. The current influence of psychedelia has developed in response to the growing impact of global capital and technology on daily life. New Psychedelia presents a range of contemporary Australian artworks that display psychedelic influences and strategies for addressing the themes of consciousness, capitalism and technology. The exhibition will feature existing artworks alongside new site-specific works commissioned for the exhibition. Sebastian Moody, Curator
Ecology, acrylic and resin on board, 65cm x 75cm, 2010. Collection of UQ Museum
Together in Harmony
Korea Foundation Culture Centre, Seoul Korea
27th April – 19th May