Conrad Shawcross’ sculptural work often plays with and manipulates the role of geometry and form. He develops a specific formula through which he is able to address problems about three-dimensionality. These four cube forms are characterised by their sense of duality, remaining both contained and exposed at the same time. Shawcross’ intricate and complex structures address notions of distortion and the role of the cellular unit. There is a specific relationship between these four forms that operates beyond a simple question about size or proportion. There is a sense of methodology and mathematics that has clearly shaped how Shawcross has created these unique forms. His equal attention to detail and form is a theme which has dominated his practice.
About The Artist
Conrad Shawcross flirts with concepts of scientific rationality. His practice is influenced by geometry, physics, mathematics, metaphysics and their relation to epistemology and philosophy. Drawn to historical quests and failures to attain certified fact or scientific dogma Shawcross implements these redundant failed ideas and methodologies in order to create structures and mechanical assemblages that appear to defy rational equilibrium. He creates machines that retain an enigmatic presence, brimming with paradox and complexity. In some of his work Shawcross pays homage to scientific and technological pioneers such as Charles Babbage, best remembered for originating the first programmable computer and Dorothy Hopkins who discovered the structure of pig insulin. His systematic constructions discuss historical triumphs, socially manifested ideologies and by highlighting inventions or concepts forgotten in history raise questions about constructed fact. In doing so Shawcross' work places scientific and creative discovery on an equal pedestal and thereby champions pure inventiveness and discovery.