Conrad Shawcross

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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. Ultimately, Shawcross’s art questions what we take for granted and encourages us to see beyond the physical. 

In Focus

Conrad Shawcross talks to GQ

Conrad Shawcross is a British sculptor who works with the complex philosophy of science and nature. Shawcross says that his sculptures sometimes appear like "childlike stacks of blocks", however, they always continue to create an abstract architectural impression on the environment. Shawcross' most recent piece is titled Bicameral and is part of a London series of commissions including Paradigm at the Francis Crick Institute and the upcoming Manifold (Major Third) 5:4 at the new Liverpool Street station for Crossrail.

 

Bicameral acts as a catalyst encouraging passersby to pause and look up as they wander underneath the shadows of this tree-like canopy. The structure of this man-made tree is suggestive of both natural tree formations as well as the neural human brain construction. This is a prime example of Shawcross' focus between science and nature, whereby the physics and maths of formation is integral to his artwork. Read on to find out more about his previous work at the Saatchi Gallery and what one piece of art he dreams of owning...

 

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Image: Portrait of Conrad Shawcross, 2019

Photography: Dominic James

The work is in some ways an Arcadian symbol for reason, humanity, rationalism, progress and above all hope…

Previous exhibitions at Victoria Miro

13 September - 27 October 2018

Conrad Shawcross: After the Explosion, Before the Collapse

An exhibition of new works by Conrad Shawcross features new Fracture sculptures and two new mechanical works, in addition to a sequence of unique photographic prints created by firing a laser through a series of faults in fragments of glass....
Victoria Miro Mayfair
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

Sequential
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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