Overview

As an important and influential figure in the contemporary art world, Gillick’s practice spans multi-disciplined fields producing artworks, public installations, journals and critiques about a series of issues derived from the phenomenon and its influence upon members of society.

 

Since the beginning of 1990s, Gillick has explored structural notions of the built world and the dynamics of spaces. Especially when the neo-liberal consensus drew keen attention as a practical form of globalization, Gillick started having an interest in a phenomenon in which a modern aesthetic system collides and coexists with a new political and social agenda. Producing artworks, public installations, journals and critiques about a series of issues derived from the phenomenon and its influence upon members of society, he made significant contributions to establish the term Relational Aesthetic, one of the central theories of contemporary art. The sentences deployed along with structures made of colorful supplementary architectural materials such as plexiglass and aluminium create dramatic tension and a sleek and moderate sense of aesthetics. Through analysis on social phenomena and often contradictory aesthetic approaches, he redefines ‘relation’ among human, circumstance, life and art. His texts, steel constructions in diverse colors and arrays and illustrations whose motifs stem from the old tales not only organically occupy the space according to the given dynamics but also encourage the visitors to guess what the artist attempts to deliver in the enigmatic title of works.

 

Liam Gillick lives and works in New York, USA. He studied at Hertfordshire College of Art and Goldsmiths College in the UK. He was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2002 and he was the artist presented at the German Pavilion at the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009. He has held his solo exhibition at Tate Britain (2001), Museum of Modern Art, New York (2003), Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2009), Le Magazine, Grenoble (2014), Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Málaga (2005). His works are included in the collections of MoMA, the Solomon R.Guggenheim Museum in the USA, Tate Collection in the UK, Le Centre Pompidou in France and etc.

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