David Shaw: inuverse30 April - 30 May 2009  < 2009 page   < artist page
Q + A with Hudson .04.30.09

.where do you get your wood?
Everywhere. Wherever. I find it. I have made friends with the Parks Department, and also with Cliff and Art (seriously, those are their names), the arborists at Greenwood Cemetery. And, this being NYC, there is plenty of construction and woodshop debris for the taking.

.what makes you select one piece of wood over another? do you immediately see or understand how to use it?
There is an immediate attraction to each piece I use, but I can't always say what that is. It may be a certain grace, or at times a blunt fact presents itself. I am mostly attracted to wood without bark—naked wood—because it is more evocative of the body and closes the emotional and conceptual distance between object and viewer. But I don't want to be fetishistic about the selection process. I like the idea of encountering something not particularly special—rather ordinary, in fact—and then incorporating it into an idea. It is more the idea of wood, or even the idea of matter, that is important. As to whether I see a use for something immediately, I can't say. Maybe. Things go through so many permutations in my mind, and sometimes fragments sit around in my studio for years.
David Shaw, Split, 2009 dsf0905
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spacer> read more Split, 2009; plywood, wood,
holographic laminate; 66.5 x 17.25 x 6"
Split, 2009 (detail);
Crack, 2009 (view 1); wood, steel, holographic laminate, paint, flocking; 19.25 x 24 x 23.5" Crack, 2009 (view 2); wood, steel, holographic laminate, paint, flocking; 19.25 x 24 x 23.5" Brink, 2009 ( view 1); wood, steel, paint, flocking; 25 x 25 x 6.5" space Brink, 2009 ( view 2); wood, steel, paint, flocking; 25 x 25 x 6.5" space A Perfect Solid, 2009 (view 1);
burned wood, steel, holographic laminate, paint, flocking; 89.5 x 36 x 33"
space A Perfect Solid, 2009 (view 2);
burned wood, steel, holographic laminate, paint, flocking; 89.5 x 36 x 33"
space Present, 2009; chromogenic print;
20 x 16 (paper size); ed. 9, 3 ap"
space A Perfect Solid, 2009;
wood, steel, holographic laminate, paint, flocking; 69.5 x 75 x 28.5"
space A Perfect Solid, 2009 (detail) space Tab, 2008; wood, steel, holographic laminate, paint, flocking; 17x 23 x 41 " space
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