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SELECTED WORKS BY Conrad Shawcross

Light Perpeptual I
Conrad Shawcross
Light Perpeptual I

2004

mixed media

225 x 300 x 250
Housed in a giant cage like a wild, unpredictable experiment, The End of the Particular (Perpetual Light I) has an inherent sense of danger; the laboratory result of Conrad Shawcross’s anorak enthusiasm for science.
Comprised of an articulated arm, with a single light bulb at the end it rotates at a speed of 200rpm, creating a ‘magical’ hovering shape. It’s Conrad Shawcross’s larger than life diagram of String Theory, the floating illusion descriptive of the concept that matter is actually made up of continuous loops of energy, not individual particles.
The blinding light line fluctuates at the precise degrees of a harmonic octave, like the graphic ‘waves’ seen on the visual output monitor of a stereo.
Displayed in a darkened gallery, the device works as a giant drawing machine, blasting it’s luminous patterns through the wire grid onto the walls, leaving the viewer seeing spots, like from staring into the sun. Conrad Shawcross isn’t making paintings on canvas, but rather through mechanical invention, he’s imprinting his image directly into the eye.
The Nervous System (video)

The Nervous System

The Nervous System (detail)

The Nervous System (detail)

Conrad Shawcross
The Nervous System

2003

mixed media including oak, motor & cord

Dimensions variable
Take an impossible machine design by Rube Goldberg, a contraption built by Heath Robinson, and cross it with a junk sculpture by Jean Tinguely, and you might get something a bit like Conrad Shawcross’s The Nervous System. Ridiculously mammoth, and perilously rickety, Shawcross’s monstrous structure is a testament to Luddite technology.
Handcrafted from oak timber, pieced together like a giant Meccano™ set, The Nervous System is a serious feat of amateur engineering. Mesmerising in its simplistic complexity, Shawcross’s sculpture offers a certain mysticism through making: beyond experiencing this sculpture as an object (with all its creaking noise and grinding movement), it is also a working spinning machine.
His improbable system of cogs and pulleys constantly churn out a perfectly woven rope. Beyond being an installation in itself, The Nervous System is also an artwork that makes art: the colourful cord pours out of the machine like paint, piling on the floor like an ever-expanding abstract sculpture.
Harmonic Spectrum  3:2
Conrad Shawcross
Harmonic Spectrum 3:2

2005

Pencil on paper

329.3 x 122 cm
Harmonic Spectrum  4:3
Conrad Shawcross
Harmonic Spectrum 4:3

2005

Pencil on paper

329.3 x 122 cm
Harmonic Spectrum  5:3
Conrad Shawcross
Harmonic Spectrum 5:3

2005

Pencil on paper

329.3 x 122 cm
Harmonic Spectrum  5:4
Conrad Shawcross
Harmonic Spectrum 5:4

2005

Pencil on paper

329.3 x 122 cm
Harmonic Spectrum  9:8
Conrad Shawcross
Harmonic Spectrum 9:8

2005

Pencil on paper

329.3 x 122 cm






Other artists in
Artists in future exhibitions

Dawit Abebe    Caroline Achaintre    Rebecca Ackroyd    Markus Amm    Helene Appel    Ivan Argote    Dan Attoe    Diann Bauer    Michael Bauer    Dan Bayles    Simon Bedwell    Anna Freeman Bentley    Emilia Bergmark    Katherine Bernhardt    Gabriele Beveridge    Richard Billingham    Alina and Jeff Bliumis    Gabriella Boyd    Matti Braun    Bozidar Brazda    Jonny Briggs    David Brooks    Joey Bryniarska    Agnieszka Brzezanska    Loz Chalk    Ronin Cho    James Clarkson    Lucy Coggle    Andy Collins    Inez de Coo    Jessica Craig-Martin    Ana Cvorovic    Ian Davis    Nicholas Dedics    Tomory Dodge    Robert Dowling    Stef Driesen    Howard Dyke    Ara Dymond    Judith Eisler    Annabel Emson    Carlos Noronha Feio    Dee Ferris    Luc Fuller    Michael Fullerton    Dmitri Galitzine    Julia Goldman    Hilary Harnischfeger    Chris Hawtin    Kati Heck    David Herbert    Patrick Hill    Dan Holdsworth    Phillipa Horan    Shara Hughes    Elliot Hundley    Tom Hunter    Jessica Jackson Hutchins    Merlin James    Tillman Kaiser    Alice Könitz    Terence Koh    John Korner    Ulrich Lamsfuss    Liane Lang    Molly Larkey    Paul Lee    Andrea Lehmann    Juliette Losq    Christina Mackie    Jill Mason    Claire McArdle    Ella McCartney    Lucy McKenzie    Martin McMurray    Turay Mederic    Robert Melee    Ian Monroe    Kristine Moran    Eduard Moreno    Yasumasa Morimura    Luisa Mota    Nick Nowicki    Matt O'dell    Marco Palmieri    Selma Parlour    Oliver Perkins    Marius Pfannenstiel    Alejandra Prieto    Arthur Prior    Max Prus    R.H. Quaytman    Neil Raitt    Sean Raspet    Brian Reed    Halsey Rodman    Florian Roithmayr    Ruth Root    Stefan Sandner    Hideyuki Sawayanagi    Amba Sayal-Bennett    Anne Kathrin Schuhmann    Michael Schultz    Macrae Semans    Conrad Shawcross    Jamie Shovlin    Agathe Snow    Martina Steckholzer    Jack Strange    Miriam Sweeney    Emma Talbot    Mateo Tannatt    Stephanie Taylor    Adam Thompson    Rafal Topolewski    Ryan Trecartin    Caroline Walker    Ben Washington    Chuck Webster    Aaron Wexler    Poppy Whatmore    Julia Whiting    Jenny Wiener    Susanne M. Winterling    Saskia Olde Wolbers     Yeesookyung    Haeri Yoo

Conrad Shawcross's BIOGRAPHY

Born in 1977, London
Lives and works in London



SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2010
The limit of everything, Parra & Romero, Madrid

2009
Chord, Measure Arts Commission, London
Conrad Shawcross, The Fireplace Project, East Hampton, NY
Control, Location One, New York, NY
The Collection, Siobhan Davies Dance Studio, London

2008
Dumbbell, Galleria Tucci Russo, Torino, Italy
Axiom, Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Miami
Light Perpetual, Jenaer Kunstverein, Germany
Inverse of a Shadow, Galerie Bernd Klüser, Munich, Germany
Tetrahelix Tower, Ministry of Justice Commission, Ministry of Constitutional Affairs, London

2007
Space Trumpet, Unilever Commission, Unilever House, London
Lattice, Selfridges Commission, London

2006
No Such Thing As One, Victoria Miro Gallery, London

2005
The Steady States, The New Art Gallery, Walsall and Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
Continuum, The Queen’s House, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

2004
Manifesta 5, San Sebastian, Spain
Light Perpetual, Galerie Bernd Kluser, Munich, Germany

2003
The Nervous Systems, Entwistle Gallery, London


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2009
Third Moscow Biennale for Contemporary Art, Russia
A Duck for Mr. Darwin, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle, traveling to Mead Art Gallery, Warwick
British Contemporary Art Show, Art Issue Projects, China
Kaidoscopic Revolver, Hanjiyun Contemporary Space, Beijing, China
Natural Wonders (curated by Nick Hackworth), Baibakov Art Projects, Moscow
Geoplay (part 1), Pilar Parra & Romero, Madrid

2008
Rendez-vous 2008, Musee d'art Contemporain, Lyon
Reflections on Light – 30 years Galerie Bernd Klueser, Galerie Bernd Klüser, Munich, Germany
Academia: Qui es-tu, La Chapelle de L’Ecole National Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris
Lattice III, Art | 39 | Basel Public Art Projects, Basel
Beyond Measure: across art and science, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge
A Life of Their Own, curated by Richard Cork, Lismore Castle, Ireland
Counterpoint, Robin Katz Fine Art, London
Art L’Plage, St. Tropez, France

2007
Say It Isn’t So – Naturwissenschaften im Visier der Kunst, Neues Museum Weserburg, Bremen, Germany
Reconstruction 2, Sudeley Castle, England
Unfinished Symphony, The Fine Art Society, London
Artissima 14 – Constellations (selected during Artissima Art Fair), curated by Marc-Olivier Wahler and Daniel
Birnbaum, Torino, Italy
Counterpoint, Dubai Art Fair, Dubai
All Tomorrow’s Parties, ICA, London

2006
Sudeley Castle 2006: Reconstruction 1, Sudeley Castle, England

2005
S.N.O.W Sculpture in Non-Objective Way, Galleria Tucci Russo, Torre Pellice, Turin

2004
New Blood, The Saatchi Gallery, London
After Life, Death, Remembrance. Redundancy. Reanimation, curated by Simon Morrissey, Bowes Museum, County
Durham
Manifesta 5, San Sebastian, Spain

2003
Dead Game, Museum 52, London

2002
Fame and Promise, 14 Wharf Road, London
It was bigger than all of us, Prenelle Gallery, Canary Wharf, London

2001
Engine II (Communicating at an Unknown Rate), The Old Armory, Harrow Road, London
New Contemporaries 2001, Camden Arts Centre, London; Northern Centre for Contemporary Art, Sunderland
2000 Engine I, Dollard Street Studios, Vauxhall, London