Tim Shaw

Mother, The Air Is Blue, The Air is Dangerous by Tim Shaw
Image: Mother, The Air Is Blue, The Air is Dangerous by Tim Shaw

10 Feb — 19 May 2018

The Exchange


A two-part exhibition bringing together a number of seminal works by the acclaimed Royal Academician, the sculptor Tim Shaw. The first part of the exhibition is showing at Anima Mundi in St Ives 14 Oct – 9 Dec 2017

Drawn from personal experience, Shaw’s exhibition at The Exchange features two immersive installations that address head-on the global presence and effect of terrorism and the pervasive sense of hidden powers having control over our lives.

Soul Snatcher Possession is a sculptural installation which portrays an ambiguous meeting of figures, the air taut with menace.

Mother the Air is Blue, The Air is Dangerous is an immersive experience using video and sound. It is a deeply personal work which offers a visceral insight into Shaw’s experience as a child in Belfast when he and his mother were caught in an IRA bomb blast.

Tim Shaw was born in Belfast in 1964. He currently lives and works in Cornwall. He was elected to The Royal Academy in 2013 and made a Fellow of The Royal British Society of Sculptors and a Fellow of Falmouth University the same year. Shaw has had a number of significant solo exhibitions throughout the UK, Ireland and internationally. Most recently the major public solo exhibition, Black Smoke Rising, which toured from Mac Birmingham to Aberystwyth Arts Centre. During 2014, Shaw’s work featured in Reflections of War at Flowers Gallery, London, and Back Front the Front presents: Shock and Awe – Contemporary Artists at War and Peace at the Royal West of England Academy.

Shaw has undertaken a number of public commissions including The Rites of Dionysos for The Eden Project, The Minotaur for The Royal Opera House and The Drummer for Lemon Quay, Truro.

A more political side to his work became evident in a number of sculptures responding to the issues of terrorism and The Iraq War. Tank on Fire was awarded the selectors Threadneedle prize in 2008 and the installation Casting a Dark Democracy was reviewed in 2008 by Jackie Wullschlager of The Financial Times as ‘The most politically charged yet poetically resonant new work on show in London.’.

Shaw has been supported by the Kappatos Athens Art Residency, The Kenneth Armitage Foundation, The British School of Athens and The Delfina Studio Trust through residencies in Greece and Spain, and a Fellowship in London. In 2015/16 he was appointed Artist Fellow at the Kate Hamburger Centre for Advance Study as ‘Law as Culture’ in Bonn, Germany where ‘The Birth of Breakdown’ was created fusing advanced robotics and artificial intelligence with sculpture.

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