Go See – New York: Liam Gillick at Casey Kaplan, through March 27, 2010

March 17th, 2010

Liam Gillick, Discussion Bench Platform, 2010. Exhibition View

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.

Liam Gillick, Discussion Bench Platform, 2010. Exhibition View

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Discussion Bench Platform Black, 2010.

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.

Discussion Bench Platform Grey, 2010. Detail

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.

Discussion Bench Platform Grey, 2010.

A Volvo Bar I, 2010

A Volvo Bar II, 2010

A Volvo Bar III, 2010

Everything Good Goes, 2010

Everything Good Goes, 2010

Discussion Bench Platform Red, 2010

Discussion Bench Platform White, 2010

Related links:
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]