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Jeremy Shaw, Variation FQ

Jeremy Shaw, Variation FQ (2011-2013), 16-mm film still [Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, Feb 27-Apr 19] courtesy Johann König, Berlin, and Macaulay & Co. Fine Art, Vancouver

Jeremy Shaw: Medium-Based Time

Contemporary Art Gallery
Vancouver BC – Feb 27-Apr 19, 2015

For the past seven years, the Vancouver-born Jeremy Shaw has resided in Berlin, where he continues to make work that, according to the CAG, “amplifies conceptual strategies within the transcendence-seeking experiences of popular culture, as well as the scientific mapping of these phenomena.” While this is an acceptable description of the work Shaw made prior to leaving Vancouver, most notable now is the expanded range of references he has drawn upon to exude the depth his content suggests.

In his 16-mm film Variation FQ (2011–2013), Shaw worked with legendary vogue dancer Leiomy Maldonado, who emerged from the largely Black and Latino drag ball subculture of the 1980s. But rather than merely show Maldonado dancing against a black void, “teetering between elegance and violence,” Shaw effectively joins in on her performance through step-and-repeat visual effects introduced by Canadian filmmaker Norman McLaren in his animated ballet film Pas de deux (1968).

Also on display is Quickeners (2014), an HD video installation that repurposes an ethnographic film on snake handlers into a “dystopian science fiction narrative,” and, in the shop windows facing Nelson Street, a collection of light-activated UV prints.

Michael Turner

Jeremy Shaw, Quickeners

Jeremy Shaw, Quickeners (2014), 16-mm film still [Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, Feb 27-Apr 19] courtesy Johann König, Berlin, and Macaulay & Co. Fine Art, Vancouver

Jeremy Shaw, Quickeners
Jeremy Shaw, Quickeners (2014), 16-mm film still [Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, Feb 27-Apr 19] courtesy Johann König, Berlin, and Macaulay & Co. Fine Art, Vancouver


 Tue, Apr 7, 2015