12 Sep → 2 Nov 2019
For his 10th exhibition with the gallery, Jim Shaw presents a selection of unpublished works. And his recent paintings are full of grotesque and criminal figures that evoke contemporary American history. Uncle Sam, made sick by Kremlin elves. Checkers, Richard Nixon's dog. Brett Kavanaugh, a judge accused of rape appointed to the Supreme Court by Donald Trump. Mark Zuckerberg, one of the new masters of the world. Jim Shaw's images are aggregates of heterogeneous sources, moments of personal stories and fragments of collective cultural history. If many of them seem to be the product of hallucinations, shaped under the regime of dreams, they nevertheless remain foreign to a tradition inherited from European surrealism. It is therefore not a question here of reporting on an inner state of the soul or of the mind. Although Shaw's non-artistic references remain unknown to a large number of contemporary art viewers, they nevertheless belong to a field that, by definition, is open to all: that of everyday popular culture.