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Liam Gillick (1964 - )

Painted aluminium and Plexiglas sculpture in 2 parts, wall-mounted


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    Country: UK
    City: London
    Place: Government Art Collection

    Made from bands of coloured Plexiglas and aluminium, Liam Gillick's three-dimensional wall piece hovers between sculpture, installation and architecture. A gap between the two sets of bars encourages us explore the space that this piece occupies. Is it a window? Is it a screen? Formally, its shapes and linear forms are reminiscent of sculptures by Donald Judd and Richard Serra, although its acidic colours - orange, lime green and yellow - disrupt a purely minimalist reading.

    Gillick is interested in the way sculpture can cause people to interact differently in a social environment. Blending subtlety with rigour, the work is designed to operate as a metaphor in a space, opening it up for discussion and negotiation. Interested in the power relationships within politics, Gillick sees his work as part of an investigation into the way that social and economic realities are constructed and manipulated.

    Liam Gillick was born in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire and studied at Goldsmiths' (1984-1987). He was a Turner Prize nominee in 2002. He has had numerous solo exhibitions including shows at MOMA, New York, Whitechapel Gallery, London and the Palais de Tokyo, Paris. Gillick's public projects and commissions include Ft. Lauderdale Airport in 2002; the new Home Office government building in London in 2005 and the Lufthansa Headquarters in Frankfurt in 2006.

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    Painted aluminium and Plexiglas sculpture in 2 parts, wall-mounted
    height: 110.00 cm, width: 121.10 cm, depth: 8.70 cm
    Purchased from Corvi-Mora, July 2008
    Corvi-Mora, London
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