SAN FRANCISCO – Mirus Gallery is proud to open its newest exhibit, “Radiant Orb,” by artist Kate Shaw. The show will open with a complimentary reception from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27 and continue through Friday, March 18.
Shaw is a Melbourne-based artist who creates landscapes that are described as “simultaneously sublime and toxic.” Her landscapes mimic the beauty of nature through a “paint pour” technique which involves pouring paint of different colors onto a canvas and swirling it to create the flow of nature. Often accompanying these landscapes are hints of pollution and artificiality, which aim to induce a variety of emotions from the viewer. The artist demonstrates both beauty and corruption in her work as a metaphor to describe society’s conflict with nature.
From the Artist: “My practice re-interprets notions of what constitutes landscape painting, both within an art historical context and a contemporary social context. The paintings deal with the tensions and dichotomies in both the depiction of the natural world and our relationship to it. I am concurrently exploring the sublime in nature whilst imbuing a sense of toxicity and artificiality in this depiction. The intention is to reflect upon the contradiction between our inherent connection to the natural world and continual distancing from it. My paintings aim to convey ideas of nature, alchemy and creation by operating on one level as a landscape another as abstraction.”