The astonishing versatility of American artist Jim Shaw has made him a cult figure revered the world over, his reputation continuing to grow and grow. Mining the lower end of American culture, Shaw finds inspiration for his work in pulp novels, comic books, and posters.
In 2000 Jim Shaw famously exhibited his Thrift Store Paintings at the ICA in London —paintings which he had collected together from a diverse array of amateur… Read more
About the artwork
Since the 1990s, Jim Shaw had been working on a project to record and render his dreams, making many of the artworks he had encountered in his sleep. Eventually, in 2007, the artist had a dream of an artwork that would be a Plexiglass box wherein all the Dream Objects would congregate to be represented in miniature. Jim Shaw set out to sculpt the miniatures and print out small versions of the two-dimensional works in order to melt them together in the box, allowing the viewer to discover through the transparent plexiglass the substrate formed by the objects. Since an immense amount of labor would be rendered invisible, the artist decided to document the contents and curated a miniature exhibition in a scale model museum. The Dream Object Book is the sole proof of the exhibition that was imagined and lost. The Dream Object Book is the book and catalogue raisonné of this exhibition, uniting fantasy and reality.