Neon, birch plywood. 2019
115” H x 86” W x 15” D’
In Octane the neon is affixed to two half circle tiered birch plywood set on the ground and leaning on the wall. The name Octane refers to velocity, dynamic force, high energy. In this work Shirley seeks to project these elements into the viewing space whilst maintaining quietness and even vulnerability. The piece lies exposed in all its parts and in a state of offering to the viewer, leaning discretely against the wall inviting the viewer to observe and share majestic force without imposing or overwhelming him or her. The rhythms of the tiered wood reveal light density and point towards minimalist language in painting and sculpture. Consistent with Shirley’s previous work, she explores variations on simple forms, whilst simultaneously referring to explorations of cosmology and theology.