19th June – 23rd July, Artist’s talk – 18th July, 7pm
Millennium Gallery, St Ives
Awaken From the Dream of Reality opened to a fantastic reception at Millennium Gallery on 21st June and continues to receive a great response. The exhibition continues until the 23rd July.
Tim Shaw will be holding an artist’s talk to discuss the exhibition and his practice on Thursday 18th July at Millennium, St Ives, 7pm – all are welcome.
The first biannual, forming a blue-print for a future biennale
28th March – 14th April 2013
Curated by Joseph Clarke, Jesse Leroy Smith, Sam Bassett and Neil Scott, this exhibition at the old coffin store in Truro was extremely well received and is the first in a proposed series of events over the coming year.
The Bisto Kids Gone Wrong will be exhibited in The Dark Rooms – a monumental exhibition curated by Jesse Leroy Smith in Helston, on the 2nd and 3rd February 2013.
Also showing are The Pregnant Fairy and a figure from Soul Snatcher Possession.
Jam Record Store, Falmouth, 11th May 2012, 7 – 9pm
A mischievous Parliament of rooks will be running amok in the shabby chic lower room of Jam – an esoteric record shop in Falmouth – from 11th May 2012, where they will be in residence for a fortnight of mayhem.
Parliament is an installation created by the renowned sculptor Tim Shaw; it consists of twenty five rooks constructed from black polythene, straw and wire. The installation is completed with the menacing cries of these birds merged with political debates recorded from within the House of Commons.
After two days sitting uninspired, during a residency in the west of Ireland, 2006, Shaw looked out the window at the cold and barren landscape surrounding him only to see dark flickering shapes in the corner of his eyes. Black plastic snagged on barbed wire and the surrounding trees began to conjure shapes, playful and sinister, taking the form of windswept crows and rooks.
Shaw commented: ‘Having observed the behaviour and nature of these birds, I made the comparison with those in a position of power’; he therefore felt it was appropriate that the birds’ calls should combine with discussions from within the theatre of flock mayhem – the chattering of Parliamentarians.
Curated by Olivia Gray.
Monday 23rd April 2012, 6 – 9pm
Riflemaker, 79 Beak Street, London, W1F 9SU
The first major exhibition in London since Casting A Dark Democracy (the Kenneth Armitage Foundation, 2009), will open at Riflemaker on Monday 23rd April 2012.
The exhibition features three new works: Soul Snatcher Possession; Ketamine and Pregnant Fairy.
The first captures the potently charged moments before a brutal killing. Eight larger-than-life figures sculpted from old clothes, stockings and sacking fill a dimly lit room with their menacing presence. With no weapon in sight only the perpetrators’ smiles, looks and gestures betray the imminence of the dreadful act – a metaphor for the ‘taking of life by those in a position of power’.
Ketamine recounts a festival scene in which two individuals dressed as elves dance wildly whilst on the powerful mind altering chemical. ‘The words ‘Bistow Kids Gone Wrong’ came to mind as I watched the spectacle.’
Pregnant Fairy questions how fairies might have existed and survived through the ages and asks why there are few, if any, depictions of pregnant fairies in sculpture.