The hopes and dreams of the workers as they wandered home from the bar
Glitter size 0.4 mm
A work for the floor.
The work was first exhibited in 2005 as part of an exhibition structure Liam Gillick developed for his solo presentation at the Palais de Tokyo. Entitled A Short Text on the Possibilities of Creating an Economy of Equivalence, the exhibition related to the book "construccion de uno". The starting point was a commission in the mid-1990s to propose a renovation for the town square of Kalmar in Sweden in collaboration with Danish architect Jeppe Aagard Andersen.
The book and the exhibition structure involved thinking about how to behave once a factory has closed and conditions of labor have devolved into a post-productive situation. The assumption behind the project was that the former "producers" choose to return to their place of work and re-start the construction of ideas rather than car-sized-objects. Three object-based works in the exhibition alluded to these actions: multi-colored aluminum frames alluded to the first tasks of remodeling the building itself, cutting more windows in the façades. A sequence of mountain-shaped metal surfaces invoked the task of constructing a mountain landscape to view from those windows and on their long walks home from the bars. A expanse of red glitter covering a large area of the floor suggested a more abstract, metaphorical alteration to the former factory environment.
Since 1996, glitter has been a recurring motif in Liam Gillick’s work. The connotations with which the inclusion of the material (often mixed with alcohol and spread across the surface of a table or the floor) is imbued have included both festivity, renovation, cycles of crisis, exposure to the apparently menial, or period-specific fascination with its aesthetics.
Instructions: A large quantity of red glitter is spread on the floor of the chosen space. The glitter layer should be thick enough to initially cover the floor completely.
COMPONENTS INCLUDED IN SALE
Red glitter sample