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Christopher Shaw: Algorithm:Archetype

September 27, 2019 - April 5, 2020

An installation image of Christopher Shaw's sculptures. Four dark brown, spherical ceramic sculptures sit on woven grass trivets on top of a black plinth. The wall behind them is also black. It has a long shelf that supports six long, rectangular sculptures that have a slight concave bow to their shape. Each sculpture is painted in different colors. On the right edge of the image, there is a white wall showing more of the exhibition.

Christopher Shaw is a Seattle based ceramic artist, designer, and engineer. Shaw’s sculptural work consists of focused examinations of our concept of value. Drawing heavily on his training in mathematics, Shaw seeks to form and reform an aesthetic topography through transformative experiences. The process employed in crafting each work combines abstract logic and intuitive perception.

In Algorithm:Archetype, Christopher Shaw explores the spiritual bridge between notions of design and processes of divination. Shaw presents us with minimalist works in clay and urges us to consider how objects carry the seeds of culture. Individual and assembled ceramic sculpture join vessel forms in this body of work. NAAM is fortunate to have hosted such a thoughtful and immersive experience.




BIPOC artist(s)
Event Type
Museum, Visual Art
Pandemic Info
Online Only


Northwest African American Museum
2300 South Massachusetts Street
Seattle, WA 98144 United States
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