2013 Elected as a Royal Academician 1999-2001 Slade School of Art, London, MFA 1976-1999 Ruskin School of Art, Oxford, BA
Imbued with an appearance of scientific rationality, Conrad Shawcross’ sculptures explore subjects that lie on the borders of geometry and philosophy, physics and metaphysics. Inspired by different technologies, the artist's structures may retain in appearance the authority of machines - yet, they remain enigmatic, filled with paradox and wonder.
For Cure3, Shawcross has created a pair of sculptures, From that which it came (Twin). In a manner typical to his practice, Shawcross combines philosophical and scientific concepts to create strange, abstract shapes which visually reflect the touch of machines while also containing naturalistic elements. These unusual, hyperbolic forms are part of a series of works, and have been drawn out on a lathe from a rod of nylon. According to Shawcross, they are a by-product, the result of carving out a conical hole, "powerfully describing the perplexing relationship between the centre and periphery of a spinning disk". Dynamic yet self-contained, the twisting and folding sculptures are vibrantly coloured in a way that accentuates their individuality.