Jim Shaw

Glean 3, Spring 2024

Interview by Phillip Van den Bossche

Your Future is All Used Up

‘Your Future is All Used Up’ was one of the possible titles for Jim Shaw’s solo exhibition at M HKA, but it became ‘The Ties That Bind.’ Nothing is what it seems in Jim Shaw’s world of accumulation, not even the titles. Dreamy, lucid gems await in words, images and sound. Use your eyes like a vacuum; suck out the details. After a museum visit, we like to go and watch horror movies.

The interview was over when Jim Shaw wanted to return to the subject of surrealism. During the course of an hour and a half, we discussed horror movies from the 50s and 60s, the gravitational pull of wigs and hairstyles, Sigmund Freud’s nephew, Destroy All Monsters, David Lynch, freemasons’ architecture and 28 other topics, inspirations and stories. Destroy All Monsters was the band Shaw formed with Mike Kelley, Niagara and Cary Loren in 1973. Their first performance was at a comic-book (…)

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