Eric Shaw at The Hole, NYC

New York, NY) - The Hole is pleased to announce Trails, an exhibition of new paintings by Eric Shaw, on view October 21 – November 19, 2017. This presentation includes seven fanciful abstract paintings employing high contrast polygons and pathways, geometric shapes and fine lines suggesting trails on a map. This is the artist’s first solo show at the gallery.

Shaw’s paintings are inspired by the diverse commercial graphic design that is ubiquitous throughout New York City. Referencing memories and photographs of logos and signs, he uses a smartphone application and his forefinger to create digital drawings of these motifs, which are then transferred onto canvas with acrylic paint. Once painted onto canvas, Shaw uses thin tape to draw additional lines that form his trail-like lines.

Each day he photographs the painting and uses the mobile application on his cellphone to draw on top of the image, editing the digital copy to form a new layer of the analog painting. This regenerative process continues until the painting is considered complete. Moderated by direct exposure to the urban environment as well as mobile technology, these works are underpinned by the digital-world geometry and program design that structures contemporary life.

About Eric Shaw

Eric Shaw (b. 1983, Enfield, CT) lives and works in Brooklyn. Shaw has exhibited internationally most recently this summer at PRIVATEVIEW in Turin where he was an artist in residence. Other recent exhibitions include Come As You Are at Annarumma Gallery, Naples; Stars & Stripes at Gordon Gallery, Tel Aviv; Highlight: Summer One at Hollis Taggart Gallery, New York; Maker’s Mark at Regina Rex, New York; Some New American Paintings at Ever Gold in San Francisco; and Summer Mixer 2015 at Joshua Liner Gallery, New York.

About The Hole

The Hole is a contemporary art gallery run by Kathy Grayson. Opened July of 2010, the 4000 sq. ft. storefront on the Bowery is a block up from the New Museum, bordering the Lower East Side and NoLIta neighborhoods of Manhattan. The Hole presents monthly solo and group exhibitions with a focus on emerging art and thematic group exhibitions. The gallery represents more than fifteen artists from America and abroad, and has exhibited over 200 more.