Conrad Shawcross


About the Artist

Imbued with an appearance of scientific rationality, Conrad Shawcross’ sculptures explore subjects that lie on the borders of geometry and philosophy, physics and metaphysics. Inspired by different technologies, the artist's structures may retain in appearance the authority of machines - yet, they remain enigmatic, filled with paradox and wonder. Some have an absurdist melancholy feel, while others tend to the sublime, substituting the purely functional for phenomenological experience. In the end, Shawcross’s art questions what we take for granted and encourages us to see beyond the physical. 

Conrad Shawcross discusses Monolith (Optic), on view as part of Frieze Sculpture Park until 8 January 2017

Posted from Victoria Miro Editorial

Launching this week Monolith (Optic), 2016, selected by Clare Lilley, Director of Programme at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, for Frieze Sculpture Park, is an entrancing new addition to Regent’s Park, appearing to change endlessly according to shifting light conditions. Shawcross tells us about his ideas for the work and the technology behind its shimmering surface.


How did you achieve the optical effect of Monolith (Optic)?

‘Over the last few years I have spent a lot of time looking at interference patterns created by layering and repetition. A great deal of research and experimentation was put in to creating a new type of skin for the The Optic Cloak in Greenwich and Monolith (Optic) is a purified celebration of the understanding myself and the studio have gained into these optic phenomena.’

October 6, 2016
The primary assumptions are replaced with far more poetic and liminal interpretations. In some ways it’s a monument to disappearance.

Conrad Shawcross: 'Monolith (Optic)'


The artist's work for Frieze Sculpture Park 2016. Selected by Clare Lilley, Director of Programme at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, 'Monolith (Optic)' is an entrancing new addition to Regent’s Park, appearing to change endlessly according to shifting light conditions. On view 5 October 2016 - 8 January 2017. Filmed by Digital Wasp.

October 7, 2016

Previous exhibitions at Victoria Miro

10 June - 31 July 2015

Conrad Shawcross

Inverted Spires and Descendent Folds
An exhibition of new sculptures in steel and cast bronze. Considered 'maquettes' - some for realised commissions, and others propositions for works on a monumental scale - this body of work focusses on two lines of enquiry: Shawcross's ongoing explorations...
Victoria Miro Gallery II
7 September - 1 October 2011

Conrad Shawcross

Victoria Miro is delighted to present a new body of work by Conrad Shawcross, in the artist's second solo presentation with the gallery. Occupying both floors the exhibition emphasises the artist's ongoing enquiry into the concepts of sequence and repetition...
Victoria Miro Gallery I
24 March - 9 April 2009

The Collection

Group Exhibition

Victoria Miro collaborates with Siobhan Davies to present The Collection. For three weeks, performers and artists present specially commissioned dance and artworks at Victoria Miro Gallery in North London and Siobhan Davies Studios in South London. 

Victoria Miro Gallery I
14 October - 18 November 2006

Conrad Shawcross

No Such Thing As One
Victoria Miro Gallery is delighted to present an exhibition of new sculptures by the British artist Conrad Shawcross. Conceived especially for the gallery spaces No Such Thing As One brings together a body of work that explores ideas concerning time...
Victoria Miro Gallery I

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