Join artist David Shaw with curator, artist, and writer Richard Klein for a conversation on the Shaw’s work including, Last Steps, installed for the Museum’s Main Street Sculpture series. This talk will be held in the Museum’s front courtyard followed by light refreshments, weather permitting.
David Shaw’s work combines manmade materials (steel, glass, holographic laminate) with found, natural objects (most often tree branches without bark) to create sculpture that explores the indistinct boundaries we pretend exist between nature, technology, and consciousness. Recently, he has also been working with glass and found furniture to incorporate and mine the emotional structures and complexities of domesticity, psychological spaces and nesting.
David Shaw was born in Rochester, NY, in 1965. He received his BA in Fine Arts from Colgate University in 1987. He is the recipient of the Peter S. Reed Foundation Award (2015) and the Nancy Graves Foundation Award for Visual Artists (2008). His work is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, NY, the Georgia Museum of Art, the Artphilein Foundation in Vaduz, Liechtenstein as well as numerous private collections around the world. Shaw lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Richard Klein is a curator, artist, and writer. Since 1999 he has been exhibitions director of The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, CT. In his two decade long career as a curator of contemporary art he has organized over 90 exhibitions, including solo shows of the work of Janine Antoni, Sol LeWitt, Mark Dion, Michael Joo, Hank Willis Thomas, Brad Kahlhamer, Roy McMakin, Kay Rosen, Jack Whitten, Jessica Stockholder, Tom Sachs, and Elana Herzog. Major curatorial projects at The Aldrich have included Fred Wilson: Black Like Me (2006), No Reservations: Native American History and Culture in Contemporary Art (2006), Elizabeth Peyton: Portrait of an Artist (2008), Shimon Attie: MetroPAL.IS. (2011), Michael Joo: Drift (2014), Kay Rosen: H Is for House (2017), and Weather Report (2019). As an artist, he has exhibited widely, including the Neuberger Museum of Art at SUNY Purchase, Caren Golden Fine Art, New York, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI, Hales Gallery, London, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, FL, Schoolhouse Gallery, Provincetown, MA, and the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Portland, OR. His essays on art and culture have appeared in Cabinet Magazine and have been included in books published by Hatje Cantz, Damiani, Picturebox, Ridinghouse, and the University of Chicago Press, among others.
Top image: David Shaw, Last Steps, 2021-22. Courtesy of the artist