Currently on show at Casey Kaplan Gallery is an exhibition of new works by Liam Gillick. This is an exhibition of three parts; however, each eloquently converse and all display Gillick’s familiar brand of socially motivated neo-Minimalism and neo-Conceptualism. The Discussion Bench Platforms in particular demonstrates Gillick’s concern for public/audience participation and integration into the work. Furthermore, it is another manifestation of Gillick’s attempts to level the balance of functionality and aesthetic quality. Powder-coated aluminum benches are set up in the gallery space to compliment new discussion platforms converting the gallery into a designated space for thought.
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The second part of the exhibition consists of sixteen prints based on the first scene of Gillick’s own play A Volvo Bar, which comprised the ‘short scenario’ section of his retrospective, “Three Perspectives and a short Scenario”, originally at the Kunstverein München. The performance took place within a gallery space adapted by the artist and involved a group of young local actors. The play was meant as a dramatic exploration of one of Gillick’s chief themes: the negotiation of models of communality. In this instance, Gillick has juxtaposed lines from the play with imagery evocative of Early Modern, pre-industrial European printmaking.
The final component of the exhibition, Everything Good Goes, is a video that was initially presented at the exhibition of the Vincent Awards at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, 2008. During that year Gillick built a 3D computer model of the set – a factory – from the film Tout va Bien (Everything Goes Good), 1972, directed by Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Pierre Gorin. The film acts as a kind of portrait of the artist in the process of creating. Over the top Gillick plays a recording of a telephone conversation where the film producers outline their strategy for documenting the process of building the 3D computer model of the factory. Despite meaning to be a reflection of Gillick’s major artistic concerns of the last few years this part of the exhibition seems somewhat disconnected and is possibly the least successful element.
Liam Gillick: Discussion Bench Platforms, A ‘Volvo’ Bar + Everything Good Goes [Casey Kaplan Gallery]
Liam Gillick “Discussion Bench Platforms, A ‘Volvo’ Bar + Everything Good Goes” [Time Out New York]
In New York: Opening this Weekend [Art Info]
Liam Gillick at the Museum of Contemporary Art, through January 10, 2010 [ArtObserved]