Approved: 16.08.2006

Michael Shaw

Approved: 16.08.2006

My practice incorporates drawing, printmaking, installation and sculpture through resin, inflated PVC, neon, plastics, rubbers and bronze. It increasingly seems driven by the accommodation of perceived paradoxes such as; the invisible, weightless, and seemingly formless object or singular forms with both unity and variation. The latter is made manifest by subtly deflecting the geometries of elemental

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  • Location: Loughborough, East Midlands
 

Biography

My practice incorporates drawing, printmaking, installation and sculpture through resin, inflated PVC, neon, plastics, rubbers and bronze. It increasingly seems driven by the accommodation of perceived paradoxes such as; the invisible, weightless, and seemingly formless object or singular forms with both unity and variation. The latter is made manifest by subtly deflecting the geometries of elemental forms including ellipses, cones, the figure of eight, and the torus. Light and the ability of translucent and transparent form to capture it have become crucial: with edge and membrane equally significant for the definition of geometry and the creation of illusion and ambiguity. Much recent work has been driven by digital technologies and in particular the 3D CAD software Maya, alongside CAM and rapid prototyping technologies. This has prompted recent additions to my vocabulary including: inflatable transparent sculptures that project spectral shadows; translucent textural rapid-prototyped objects, animated sculptures that explore chameleonic form; and animated drawings that bridge the gap between two and three dimensions by simulating the perambulatory nature of viewing drawing.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 2005 - PhD in Sculpture, University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham 1996 - BA (Hons) Fine Art, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds Solo exhibitions 2006 - Membranes and Edges, Red Gallery, Hull 2005 - Membranes and Edges, 20/21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe 2005 - Membranes and Edges, Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham 2004 - Membranes and Edges, Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton 2004 - Sculpture in 2D: Object as Artist, Babylon Gallery, Ely 2003 - "Michael Shaw", Alternatives Gallery, Rome 2003 - Michael Shaw, Il Gianicolo, Perugia, Italy 2003 - Sculpture in 2D: Object as Artist, Stamford Arts Centre, Stamford 2002 - Sculpture in 2D: Object as Artist, RBS Gallery, London 2000 - Michael Shaw, Palazzo Pretorio, Sala Espositiva, Sansepolcro, Italy 1997 - Michael Shaw, Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds Competitions, prizes and awards 2004 - Arts Council of England Award 2003 - Jerwood Sculpture Prize - short listed 2002 - AHRB Postgraduate Award