“I am half-sick of shadows” said The Lady of Shalott.
Alfred Lord Tennyson, 1842
Max Snow's newest work takes its title from Tennyson's poem: a lyric ballad adapting Arthurian Legend. Born in 1984, Max Snow hails from New York. After numerous shows, both group and solo, he presents his new and first exhibition in Paris at Colette "The Lad of Shalott" from January 7 to February 2. Cursed to remain alone in her island fortress, The Lady of Shalott is unable to participate in the world except to view its distorted reflection in her mirror and weave those images on her loom. Both the poem and the show serve to raise questions about society and the artist's role, responding to the conflicting commands to create art inspired by the world and also to live in it. The longstanding connection between weaving and fate implies that the ultimate destiny of the lady, as both artist and individual in society, is to see the world only through her own filters. There is also the embedded allusion to Plato's allegory of the Cave where the world is a shadow play of ideal forms outside and beyond human perception.