George Shaw: A Corner Of A Foreign Field film by Jonathan Law
Coinciding with the opening of George Shaw’s new exhibition – A Corner Of a Foreign Field – the Yale Centre for British Art has released four specially-commissioned films that explore different aspects of George’s life and work. A Corner Of A Foreign Field by Jonathan Law is a conversation between the exhibition’s curator Mark Hallett and George, conducted in his Dartmoor studio.
Alongside various works in progress hanging or propped up around the studio, you see the materials he always has around him that inform the work, even though none of it is apparent in the work itself. Somehow, through the strange alchemy of art, it makes the paintings more than just depictions of shitty old garages or flytipped rubbish in the woods. They acquire an added gravitas, loading the painted surface with a haunting otherness that words can’t articulate – hence the need to make the pictures in the first place.