At first glance, the brilliant abstract landscapes of Kate Shaw possess a sublime, yet ephemeral quality. Mountains formed by pools of acrylic paint deliquesce into a reflective basin, creating a mirroring effect of the terrain above. Her use of paints with vivid hues and iridescent qualities prove the landscapes to have an attractive and idealistic quality.
Yet, there is an artificiality that leads to a deeper, almost haunting underlying message of environmental toxicity. Much like the natural beauty of this earth, marked by polluted skies that create beautiful pink sunsets, the rainbow iridescence cast on the surface of an oil spill, or a radioactive glow. Speaking to the dichotomy of the natural world, beauty and decay. The celestial landscape, under this context, morphs into a hidden miasmatic environment.
For this body of work, Kate Shaw has delves deeper into the physicality of darkness through the incorporation of phosphorescent paint, lenticular lightbox prints, and video projection.
Kate Shaw is an award-winning Australian artist who spends her time working and living between Melbourne, London, Hong Kong and the US
Kate Shaw: Shadowlands
Exhibition Dates: October 12 – November 3, 2018
Opening: Friday October 12, 2018 from 7pm – 10pm
540 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105