Jim Shaw | The Hope That Blinds | 2020 | Seavest Collection
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Jim Shaw, The Hope That Blinds, 2020
Acrylic on Muslin, 49 x 38 x 1 3/4 in. (124.5 x 96.5 x 4.5 cm)
The Hope That Blinds is based on an existing drawing from Shaw’s Man Machine series.
Here, a woman in a virginal white nightgown gazes in the direction of a retro-futuristic
home appliance that since its first outing in a 1950s advertisement has defected its use
value. The title is a reference to Pandora’s Box, and the Ancient Greek conception of ‘hope’
as a danger – the worst evil that encouraged deluded humans to suffer in the hope that
things would improve.