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Jeremy Shaw

Canadian, b. 1977

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Jeremy Shaw

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Canadian, b. 1977

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Biography

Jeremy Shaw explores altered mental states, focusing on the aesthetic and scientific valences of psychedelics. The Berlin-based artist works primarily in video and Kirlian photography—a technique used to capture electrical discharges. Shaw listens to music and applies his thumb to a photographic plate, creating a record of the electrical energy of the moment. The resulting photographs, which are exhibited in grids, map the temporal experiences specific to Shaw’s body, and bear resemblances to psychedelic art in their colors and amorphous forms. Shaw’s work hints at a visual affinity between the art and science of drug research, and highlights the difficulty of creating an optic record of an experience, especially one beyond the usual register. “We can’t predict, nor very precisely describe, what a psychedelic experience brings, and this is probably the most confounding aspect of it all,” Shaw has said.

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Biography

Jeremy Shaw explores altered mental states, focusing on the aesthetic and scientific valences of psychedelics. The Berlin-based artist works primarily in video and Kirlian photography—a technique used to capture electrical discharges. Shaw listens to music and applies his thumb to a photographic plate, creating a record of the electrical energy of the moment. The resulting photographs, which are exhibited in grids, map the temporal experiences specific to Shaw’s body, and bear resemblances to psychedelic art in their colors and amorphous forms. Shaw’s work hints at a visual affinity between the art and science of drug research, and highlights the difficulty of creating an optic record of an experience, especially one beyond the usual register. “We can’t predict, nor very precisely describe, what a psychedelic experience brings, and this is probably the most confounding aspect of it all,” Shaw has said.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
MoMA PS1
Group
Group show at a major institution
KW Institute for Contemporary Art, and 2 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
frieze
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Manifesta, and 1 more
Articles Featuring Jeremy Shaw
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Aug 11th, 2017
Why Shamanic Practices Are Making a Comeback in Contemporary Art
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May 20th, 2016
The New Artist-Run TV Channel You Need to Watch
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