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
Monolith (Optic), 2016, selected by Clare Lilley, Director of Programme at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, for Frieze Sculpture Park, is an entrancing 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.’
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.
Previous exhibitions at Victoria Miro
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.