Thru 10 June 2012
Things are not what they seem in Michael Shaw’s world.
Luminous forms change colour and a sinuous inflatable
lives and breathes amongst the gallery’s architecture.
Centrepiece of this show is the breathing inflatable INF14.
One distinct form winds its way around the gallery’s
central lighting rig. Its orange counterpart descends
like molten lava or an alien stalactite, only to be
penetrated by the sinister flowering of the dark tendril.
Whatever it may be, it seems on the brink of
overpowering the gallery, like a giant intestinal parasite.
Elsewhere Shaw’s organic sculptures in ‘live edge’ acrylic
glow brightly without mains power. Other works have
further chameleonic qualities with sculptures
thermoformed in a plastic that changes colour according
to the viewer’s relative position.http://www.galleryoldham.org.uk/exhibitions/chameleons.htm