Adam Shaw

Adam Shaw (b. 1987) is a painter based in New York City. His work passes through the spheres of history and process, in an attempt to understand how knowledge and comprehension are arrived at. Images are dragged through space: digital, physical, imagined. They proceed to pick up whatever might attach to them — exploring aspects of material, quotational, image and sign, how they are represented, how they might be re-presented, and contextualize one another.

Winter Summer

Acrylic on canvas
157.48 x 127 cm / 62 x 50 in

‘My paintings are friends. Sometimes they entertain other relationships. Like the Monolith in 2001: A Space Odyssey, the form signifies a trigger-able event. It aims at a reversal of Modernism, or at the very least one constructed by variable loops. One that looks back at itself and recognizes its own shape. The ape now proceeds to look at the Monolith and recognize their own reflection. ‘I know what I am and I like what I see!’ the ape thinks. It — the form — is in observing, unveiling and/or discovering sets of relationships where art might exist.’
—Adam Shaw

Group of four recent paintings:

1. Two Charts
2. YouMe
3. Seeing, at Home
4. Step, Repeat
Acrylic on canvas
50.8 x 40.64 cm / 20 x 16 in (each)

Splash Screen Series

Acrylic on canvas
25.4 x 20.32 cm / 10 x 8 in (each)

Adam Shaw in conversation with Joachim Pissarro

Adam Shaw: I’m interested in the display of it. So what does it look like? How is it used and how do we understand it now, knowing what it represents.

Joachim Pissarro: So there’s another layer that ties back to adolescence, which is the world of video games. It seems to me that your painting would not be completely out of sync in a video game environment, is this something that you refuse?

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Hunter MFA

The annual Spring 2020 Thesis Exhibition for graduates of the Hunter College MFA Studio Art program represents works by 19 artist graduates of this nationally noted program. Originally planned as a series of physical presentations at Hunter’s 205 Hudson Street campus in Tribeca, but canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the MFA Thesis Exhibition’s digital iteration aims to provide a new, expanded platform for young artists entering the field.

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