New York

Jim Shaw

Metro Pictures

HAPPILY FOR HORROR VACUISTS, Jim Shaw's recycling of cultural detritus continues unabated. For six years his increasingly less nocturnal “Dream Project” has functioned as a reservoir of flotsam and jetsam drawn from surrealist installation, comic books, photorealist painting, commercial illustration, and everything in between, as filtered through his unconscious mind. He's not offering an archaeology of trash culture; viewers are meant not to classify but merely to ponder the existence of these images—the tweaked cliché, the stylized art object, the dispossessed icon, the reconstituted dream, all shuffled as blips on a perpetually changing cultural landscape. With its various styles and subjects, the project has provided Shaw with boundless opportunities to flex his impressive draftsmanship. Yet while there are few signs that this artist is slowing down, such a marathon regurgitation

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