Powder-coated aluminium, Plexiglas
50 x 50 x 3 cm each, 2 parts
The work consists of two parts installed above one another and made from bright green powder-coated aluminium. Each part has 4 horizontal beams inside their square frame. Two sections of each part have a sheet of transparent Plexiglas inserted flush between two beams. Liam Gillick's work includes clear references to the formal language of Minimalist Art but he uses this vocabulary knowingly to question the role art may play in society and in the market economy. The serial character, minimalist structure and the limited color scheme of the work is somewhat reminiscent of the environmental design experiments of the Bauhaus School, the aesthetics of Minimalist sculpture and the illusionistic effects of Op-art. The work is not conceived to be a mere object to be looked at, but is meant to function as an offer for communication and discussion, a situation, which possibly transgresses and questions the limits of aesthetic enjoyment.