I finally got a chance to go check out the Jim Shaw's retrospective, The End is Here, at the New Museum in the Lower East Side. My first encounter with Shaw was back in college when a classmate introduced me to his work by showing me her dad's copy of AIOAEUIE NTNLNQRR (I know, right?), an artist book meant to look like a tabloid issue, plagued with Shaw's bizarre airbrushed illustrations. So when I saw pictures of his new retrospective exhibition at the New Museum, I couldn't believe my eyes. I was intrigued.
Right then and there I knew this exhibit would be an interesting backdrop for those weirdly hued new overalls I got at Forever21, and I was right. The top floor looks pretty much like a movie set. I was surprised to find out the pieces were made out of canvas, intricately detailed in some parts and sketched vaguely on others. An überly stimulating visual experience, if you ask me. All sorts of strange paraphernalia are displayed on the three floors holding the exhibition, which will undoubtedly take you for a ride into Jim Shaw's wild mind. This exhibit is definitely worth a visit if you are in town this fall.
Head to toe Forever21.