Jeremy Shaw, ‘Toward Universal Pattern Recognition (National Day of Prayer, 1992)’, 2017, KÖNIG GALERIE

About Jeremy Shaw

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.

Canadian, b. 1977, based in Vancouver and Berlin