JIM HOLYOAK & MATT SHANE | SHAMBLING MOUND
From March 11 to April 17, 2021.
McBride Contemporain is delighted to present the exhibition Shambling Mound, featuring a new collaborative body of work by Jim Holyoak and Matt Shane. Titled after a multivalent linguistic figure that refers to many images, from swamp horror monster and mossy, quasi-organic rubbish pile, to the movement of cities and human beings, and even that of the planet and its ecosystem itself, Shambling Mound proposes a complex symbolic examination and portrayal of life on earth, both social and external in its implications as well as internal and self-reflective.
Unpredictable and yet always strongly characteristic, the artistic collaboration between Jim Holyoak and Matt Shane is a growing and mutating generator of skillfully evocative, oddly resonating, and beautifully imaginative drawings. This collaboration provides a unique opportunity for these two artists to test out and express their ideas, but also to allow them to be modified and enhanced, by one another’s complementary input. In the case of Holyoak, whose work skews towards the lyrical and the fantastic, Matt Shane’s more logically driven and empirical nature adds a strong and centring element; while for Shane, it’s Holyoak’s dreamlike animism that unlocks latent potential, expanding his architectonic visions.