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Liam Gillick

Basilico Fine Arts

The most striking aspect of Liam Gillick’s recent Discussion Island, 1997, an installation of modular forms, was how liberally he sampled from Minimalism. Gillick’s pristine, freestanding cubes and rectangular boxes, as well as his panels and a lighting grid, all hung high and parallel to the ceiling, instantly recalled Donald Judd’s “primary structures.” They are, after all, simply planes and solids. Like many of Judd’s constructions, which play form against function and hinge on a complex relation to sculpture, furniture, and architecture, Gillick’s objects are predicated on conditional or situational factors. Tantamount to “social sculpture,” Gillick’s work organizes space, hence, behavior. It’s not simply a matter of what his art looks like, but rather how the audience sees it, what use we have for it, and what we do in relation to it.

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