David Shaw is an artist, primarily a sculptor, who combines manmade materials with found natural objects, most often tree branches without bark and holographic laminate, into works that explore the seemingly indistinct boundaries between nature, technology, and consciousness. His recent foray into working with glass, facilitated by a grant from the Nancy Graves Foundation.
Shaw was born in Rochester, New York, in 1965, and received his BA in Fine Arts from Colgate University in 1987. His work is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, NY, the Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, GA, the Artphilein Foundation in Vaduz, Liechtenstein as well as numerous private collections around the world. Shaw lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Shaw is currently included in an exhibition, “The Power of 10” curated by Jane Hart at the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, Byrdcliffe Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY, which is running through June 20, 2021.
About Last Steps
For Last Steps, Shaw uses stainless steel, epoxy, paint and holographic laminate to present a ladder, steps out of reach, in the process of cosmic decomposition and regrowth. As we begin to embrace our responsibilities to the natural world, Last Steps is both an image of our frustrated, unattainable and perhaps misguided desire for progress, as well as a symbol of hope that the world wants to rebuild, life wants to continue, and if we pay attention, we just may be able to let it.