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Jim Shaw, Rinse Cycle, 2012, acrylic on muslin, 12 1/2 x 20'.

Jim Shaw, Rinse Cycle, 2012, acrylic on muslin, 12 1/2 x 20'.

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“Jim Shaw: The Rinse Cycle”

Baltic Art Center (BAC)
Skeppsbron 24
November 9, 2012–February 17, 2013

Curated by Laurence Sillars

Known to plumb thrift store bins and his own dreams alike, Jim Shaw works with the aesthetic backdrops to the minds of his generation: sci-fi special effects, dorm-room psychedelia, comics, zombie movies, and cultish memorabilia. During the past decade, Shaw has been repurposing disused stage scenery for murals that mix iconographies of O-ism (his homegrown, phony religion) with those of political conspiracy. Masonic symbols and household appliances float, as if abducted, atop these found, generic landscapes. “The Rinse Cycle” will bring together about one hundred of the countless expertly rendered drawings, paintings, sculptures, and installations that Shaw has made since the mid-1980s, while attempting to wring out some explanation for it all via catalogue contributions by curator Laurence Sillars, Anne Carson, Darcey Steinke, John C. Welchman, and the artist in conversation with Tony Oursler. Expect less a cohesive narrative than a trail of paraphernalia and subliminal messages.