An exhibition of works by Gary Shaw

The Golden Thread Gallery presents ‘Manifest’ a major solo exhibition by Gary Shaw.

For the exhibition Manifest, Shaw presents a new series of abstract paintings that incorporate the language of International Maritime Signal Flags.

Signal flags have been used for ship to ship / ship to shore communication for hundreds of years, but were standardised as an internationally recognised system of communication, by the Inter-Governmental Maritime Consultative Organisation in 1967.

Shaw has produced a series of paintings that translate into marine sign language, key texts of Formalist art theory, such as Greenberg’s, Avant-Garde and Kitsch and Josef Albers, The Colour In My Paintings.

In literally presenting the texts ‘word for word’, in a visual form, Shaw highlights Formalism’s avoidance of narrative in painting (due to its literary antecedents), and the difficulties in defining a ‘pure’ abstraction.

The new paintings show that abstract painting can avoid the merely decorative whilst reasserting the interdependency of form and representation.

Gary Shaw has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally to much acclaim and is currently based at Queens Street Studios, Belfast.

Schools, colleges and community group visits to the gallery are welcomed. Please contact Peter at the gallery to arrange group visits in advance or to find out more about the galleries associated activities.

The Golden Thread Gallery acknowledges the generous support of: The Flax Trust, Flax Art Studios, the Belfast City Council, and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. 

Location; Brookfield Mill, 333 Crumlin Road, BELFAST BT14 7EA.

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