Variation FQ – Hand Signed Limited Edition

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JEREMY SHAW

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Jeremy Shaw (Vancouver, 1977) works in a variety of media to explore altered states and the cultural and scientific practices that aspire to map transcendental experience. Often combining strategies from the realms of conceptual art, documentary film, music video, and scientific research, Shaw’s work has addressed topics ranging from psychedelic drugs, brain imaging and hypnosis, to straight-edge hardcore, serpent handling and time travel. He has had solo exhibitions at MoMA PS1, US, Schinkel Pavillon, DE, and MOCCA, CA and been featured in group exhibitions at Stedelijk Museum, NL, Palais de Tokyo, FR, and KW Institute, DE.  Work by Shaw is held in public collections worldwide including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the National Gallery of Canada.

* Soundtrack to accalaimed film installation Variation FQ
* Music & artwork by Jeremy Shaw
* Screen printed outer and inner sleeve artwork
* 180-gram heavyweight white vinyl
* Limited to 100 hand numbered copies worldwide
* Hand signed and numbered by the artist

No  stranger to music production, Jeremy Shaw recorded under the name  Circlesquare from 1999-2009; releasing multiple records on Trevor  Jackson’s now defunct Output Recordings imprint.  Since ending the  project indefinitely in 2009, Shaw’s main focus has shifted to his  visual art practice, yet his film, video and installation works almost  always include a highly considered audio element.

Consisting of  a repetitive, melancholy piano score combined with chopped vocal  samples and time-stretched tape effects, the soundtrack to Jeremy Shaw’s  Variation FQ (2011-13) incites a hypnotic, mantra-like mood that  accompanies the virtuosic dance style of the film’s protagonist –  legendary voguer, Leiomy Maldonado.  Presented within the stark black  and white aesthetics of Norman Mclaren’s 1968 ballet film Pas de deux,  Shaw employs step-and-repeat optical effects, slow motion and the  original music to amplify Maldonado’s unique, cathartic movements that  teeter between eloquence and violence.  Variation FQ is a study of the  co-evolution of subculture, gender, dance, and special effects.

Of  the soundtrack itself Shaw says, “It alludes to classical piano scores  for solo variations in ballet, without being as epic or dramatic – just a  subtle loop from a moment in one that repeats with very slight changes.  Recorded in mono to adhere to the 16mm format, this spell is then  broken by wide stereo-spread clipped and pitched vocals samples from  Leiomy’s most-viewed YouTube compilation video, as well as trance stabs  and tape echo that illustrate the film’s climax.”