Shelf Obsession: Phil Shaw

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Shelf Obsession: Phil Shaw


28 × 23 cm | 9 × 11 in
120 ills | 176 pages

Contributors: Phil Shaw, Carlos Sapochnik, Dominique Sirois-Rouleau, Matthew Sturgis

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Shelf Obsession: Phil Shaw presents the work of groundbreaking British digital print maker Phil Shaw. His distinctive 'bookshelf' prints interrogate the changing place of the printed word in a digital age, and the transfer of meaning through intertextuality. Hinting at the possibility that things may not be what they appear to be, Shaw's bookshelves depict books arranged in a way that lead the viewer to make unexpected connections and recognise new dynamics. Shaw's work is a consistent reflection and representation of paradox, contradiction and similarity, coincidence, the enigmatic and the comic.

Shelf Obsession: Phil Shaw offers a unique view into Shaw's 45-year-long career, which spans several disciplines including art, music and scientific research. In 2012 he was chosen by the UK prime minister, David Cameron, to create a special print to be given to the various world leaders who attended the G8 Summit. Shaw's work is held in the Élysée Palace, the White House, Downing Street, the Kremlin and numerous public institutions and museums in the UK and USA. Shaw regularly exhibits at the Royal Academy, and his work is included in the Lunder Art Gallery, Colby College, Maine.