The American artist Jim Shaw (1952) has been using old theatre backdrops as backgrounds for his paintings since 2004. Here he has added such things as a pyramid with the all-seeing Eye, an octopus and rampant banyan trees to the existing landscape on the canvas. They are symbols of Oism – the religion Shaw invented in its entirety, which has been an important foundation for his work since the 1990s. Shaw is interested in the way we continually move between parallel worlds: the everyday world, the world of advertisements and television, dreams or the reality of a religion. Surrealism and Pop Art provide inspiration for his visual idiom, as do images from advertisements and television.
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|Title||D'red Dwarf, B'lack Hole|
|Material and technique||Acrylic on muslin, synthetic and polystyrene|
Installation > Three-dimensional object > Art object
|Location||This object is in storage|
Height 505 cm
Width 1482 cm
|Accession number||3744 a-g (MK)|
|Credits||Aankoop met steun van / Purchase with the support of: Vereniging Rembrandt (dankzij haar Titus Fonds) en VriendenLoterij 2013|
|Age artist||About 58 years old|
Muslin > Canvas > Worked fibres > Fibre > Vegetable material > Organic material > Material > Material and technique
Polystyrene > Polystyrene > Foam > Plastic > Artificial synthetic > Synthetic > Material > Material and technique