What does it mean to be through?   To pass through a passage, a membrane, or an experience. In one side, out the other. Changed, for better or worse, or just finished. David Shaw’s work has always dealt with liminal spaces, thresholds, and borders, but more directly, it has dealt with how arbitrary these limits can be - how distinctions blur upon examination, how categories meld, and how possibilities open up. Through. is a sculptural exploration of these ideas aimed at asking, “How do we know what we know?” and possibly, “How do we feel about that?”

David Shaw ‘87 received his BA in Fine Arts.  Shaw’s work combines manmade materials (steel, glass, holographic laminate) with found, natural objects (most often tree branches) to create sculpture that explores the indistinct boundaries between nature, technology, and consciousness.  His recent work incorporates furniture, mining the emotional structures and complexities of domesticity, psychological spaces and nesting.  Shaw lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. 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 Artphilein Foundation in Vaduz, Liechtenstein; and numerous other private collections worldwide.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 10:30am to 4:30pm

Little Hall, 101, Clifford Gallery


Academics, Arts and Humanities

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Gallery and museum exhibitions


Art and Art History Department
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