b. 1964, United Kingdom

Liam Gillick Artworks

Gillick's artwork incorporates sculpture, print, architecture, graphic design, film, and music to explore the conditions of production in a post-industrial environment. Labour, the economy, and questions of social organisation are central to his practice.

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The Wood Way (2002)

Gillick's first major exhibition, The Wood Way, refers to the evolving urban landscape recreated through a series of propositions about the built world offered as 20 panels made from Plexiglas and aluminium. Together, they formed a labyrinth in the lower gallery space, alluding to the constant negotiation, renovation, and change in our environments and its political ethics.

Named Think Tanks, Platforms and Screens, the structure reconfigured a familiar environment and introduced the opportunity to trigger events and social engagement. At the end of The Wood Way, the title alluding to being lost in the woods, two large cubes greet the viewer, returning them to the solidity and certainty of sculptural forms.

Relational Aesthetics

Gillick's work is commonly associated with Relational Aesthetics thanks to his inclusion in Nicholas Bourriaud's 1996 exhibition Traffic, which first introduced the term. Beyond sculpture and installation, Gillick's social-based practice includes collaborative projects, public commissions, publication, performance, and protest.

In 2010, Gillick composed a score for the film Beijing, made by his ex-wife, Sarah Morris. The same year, he and 27 previous Turner Prize nominees took part in a letter to the British Government protesting cuts to public funding for the arts. Gillick has also starred in 'Exhibition', a drama directed by Johanna Hogg, where he co-starred alongside The Slits guitarist Viv Albertine. He also collaborated with the band New Order in 2017, transforming the Manchester festival stage into an immersive experience.

Industry and Intelligence

In Gillick's practice, publication works in parallel to the artworks. In 1991, with co-publisher of Art Monthly Jack Wendler, Gillick founded G-W Press, a limited editions publishing company. An anthology of Gillick's writings titled Allbooks was published by Book Works in 2009.

In Industry and Intelligence: Contemporary Art Since 1820, published in 2016, Gillick tracks the history of contemporary art and offers a comprehensive genealogy with reference to social, political, and technological changes since 1820, and their influence on art-making today.

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Relieved Unit by Liam Gillick contemporary artwork installation
Liam Gillick Relieved Unit, 2022 Aluminum, powder coated
15 x 200 x 15 cm
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Perfection Rates by Liam Gillick contemporary artwork sculpture, installation
Liam Gillick Perfection Rates, 2023 LED, T-slot aluminum extrusion
50 x 18 x 7.5 cm
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Fall Down Get Up by Liam Gillick contemporary artwork installation
Liam Gillick Fall Down Get Up, 2023 Neon
57 x 150 cm
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Screened Potential by Liam Gillick contemporary artwork sculpture
Liam Gillick Screened Potential, 2023 Powder coated aluminium
160 x 160 x 8 cm
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Perceived Complex by Liam Gillick contemporary artwork sculpture
Liam Gillick Perceived Complex, 2022 Powder-coated aluminium
60 x 60 x 10 cm
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Three Borrowed Gray Rotations by Liam Gillick contemporary artwork sculpture
Liam Gillick Three Borrowed Gray Rotations, 2021 3 desks, 3 stools, painted MDF, copies of Liam Gillick's 'Between Fable and Parable' (2021)
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Curator B+- by Liam Gillick contemporary artwork sculpture
Liam Gillick Curator B+-, 2023 Powder-coated aluminium, cut vinyl graphic
150 x 150 x 10.5 cm
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Theorist B-+ by Liam Gillick contemporary artwork sculpture
Liam Gillick Theorist B-+, 2023 Powder-coated aluminium, cut vinyl graphic
150 x 150 x 10.5 cm
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Pain in a Building by Liam Gillick contemporary artwork sculpture, moving image
Liam Gillick Pain in a Building, 1999 Video transfer of 35mm slide projection, soundtrack
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Gallerist C++ by Liam Gillick contemporary artwork sculpture
Liam Gillick Gallerist C++, 2023 Powder-coated aluminium, cut vinyl graphic
150 x 150 x 10.5 cm
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Artist A-+ by Liam Gillick contemporary artwork sculpture
Liam Gillick Artist A-+, 2023 Powder-coated aluminium, cut vinyl graphic
150 x 150 x 10.5 cm
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Artist A+- by Liam Gillick contemporary artwork sculpture
Liam Gillick Artist A+-, 2023 Powder-coated aluminium, cut vinyl graphic
150 x 150 x 10.5 cm
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Parity Fins by Liam Gillick contemporary artwork sculpture
Liam Gillick Parity Fins, 2021 Powder coated aluminum
200 x 250 x 10 cm
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Growth Screen by Liam Gillick contemporary artwork installation
Liam Gillick Growth Screen, 2019 Powder coated aluminium, plexiglass
230 x 30 x 20 cm
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Consumption Channelled by Liam Gillick contemporary artwork sculpture
Liam Gillick Consumption Channelled, 2018 Powder-coated aluminium
32 x 45 x 8 cm
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Extended Complex by Liam Gillick contemporary artwork sculpture
Liam Gillick Extended Complex, 2022 Powder-coated aluminium
60 x 60 x 10 cm
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Perceived Complex by Liam Gillick contemporary artwork sculpture
Liam Gillick Perceived Complex, 2022 Powder-coated aluminium
60 x 60 x 10 cm
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Acceptance Screen by Liam Gillick contemporary artwork sculpture
Liam Gillick Acceptance Screen, 2014 Powder-coated aluminium, transparent Plexiglas, Unique wall-mounted screen structure
200 x 100 x 7.5 cm
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Retention Complex by Liam Gillick contemporary artwork sculpture
Liam Gillick Retention Complex, 2022 powder-coated aluminium
60 x 60 cm
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Revised Complex by Liam Gillick contemporary artwork sculpture
Liam Gillick Revised Complex, 2022 Powder-coated aluminum
60 x 60 x 10 cm
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Extensive Complex by Liam Gillick contemporary artwork sculpture
Liam Gillick Extensive Complex, 2022 Powder-coated aluminum
60 x 60 x 10 cm
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Unit of Unity by Liam Gillick contemporary artwork installation
Liam Gillick Unit of Unity, 2022 powder coated alumininum
15 x 100 x 15 cm
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Kinetic Energy of Rigid Bodies by Liam Gillick contemporary artwork mixed media
Liam Gillick Kinetic Energy of Rigid Bodies, 2021 Matte black vinyl on wall

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Association Channelled by Liam Gillick contemporary artwork sculpture
Liam Gillick Association Channelled, 2020 Powder coated aluminium
16 x 90 x 8 cm
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Transferred Projection by Liam Gillick contemporary artwork sculpture
Liam Gillick Transferred Projection, 2009 Powder-coated aluminium
200 x 3 x 15 cm
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Unit of Collapse by Liam Gillick contemporary artwork sculpture
Liam Gillick Unit of Collapse, 2017 Powder-coated aluminium
15 x 200 x 15 cm
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Unit of Redemption by Liam Gillick contemporary artwork sculpture
Liam Gillick Unit of Redemption, 2017 Powder-coated aluminum
15 x 100 x 15 cm
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Everything Good Goes by Liam Gillick contemporary artwork moving image
Liam Gillick Everything Good Goes, 2008 Red digital video converted to H.264
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Margin Time 3 by Liam Gillick contemporary artwork moving image
Liam Gillick Margin Time 3, 2018 HD video H.264
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Tertiary Society at Le Palace by Liam Gillick contemporary artwork mixed media
Liam Gillick Tertiary Society at Le Palace, 2019 Silver anodised aluminium
100 x 113 x 3 cm
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Heroism of the Anyone by Liam Gillick contemporary artwork installation
Liam Gillick Heroism of the Anyone, 2019 Silver anodised aluminium
15 x 100 x 15 cm
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1848!!! by Liam Gillick contemporary artwork moving image
Liam Gillick 1848!!!, 2010 HD video H.264
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Mercantile Empiricism by Liam Gillick contemporary artwork installation
Liam Gillick Mercantile Empiricism, 2019 Silver anodised aluminium
32 x 90 x 8 cm
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Statistical Degradation by Liam Gillick contemporary artwork mixed media
Liam Gillick Statistical Degradation, 2019 Silver anodised aluminium
55 x 100 x 5 cm
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Festive Self-Regulation by Liam Gillick contemporary artwork mixed media
Liam Gillick Festive Self-Regulation, 2019 Silver anodised aluminium
32 x 45 x 8 cm
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Diversity Channelled by Liam Gillick contemporary artwork painting
Liam Gillick Diversity Channelled, 2018 Powder-coated aluminium
32 x 90 x 8 cm
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Denominator Platform by Liam Gillick contemporary artwork mixed media
Liam Gillick Denominator Platform, 2018 Powder-coated aluminium, plexiglass
200 x 300 x 5 cm
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Grey General Classification by Liam Gillick contemporary artwork sculpture, print
Liam Gillick Grey General Classification, 2024 Powder-coated aluminium, LED, accompanied by an artist print
200 x 4.5 x 4.5 cm
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Violet Discrete Optimization by Liam Gillick contemporary artwork sculpture, print
Liam Gillick Violet Discrete Optimization, 2024 Powder-coated aluminium accompanied by an artist print
100 x 100 x 4.5 cm
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Green Discrete Part Production by Liam Gillick contemporary artwork sculpture, print, mixed media
Liam Gillick Green Discrete Part Production, 2024 Powder-coated aluminium accompanied by an artist print
100 x 100 x 4.5 cm
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Orange Network Flow Problem by Liam Gillick contemporary artwork sculpture, print
Liam Gillick Orange Network Flow Problem, 2024 Powder-coated aluminium accompanied by an artist print
45 x 45 x 4.5 cm
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Lilac General Repair Rate by Liam Gillick contemporary artwork sculpture, print
Liam Gillick Lilac General Repair Rate, 2024 Powder-coated aluminium, LED accompanied by an artist print
200 x 4.5 x 4.5 cm
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Turquoise Fixed Constant by Liam Gillick contemporary artwork sculpture, print
Liam Gillick Turquoise Fixed Constant, 2024 Powder-coated aluminium accompanied by an artist print
200 x 200 x 4.5 cm
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Model of a System Type 2 by Liam Gillick contemporary artwork sculpture, print
Liam Gillick Model of a System Type 2, 2024 Powder-coated aluminium accompanied by an artist print
9 x 200 x 4.5 cm
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Blue Flow Line by Liam Gillick contemporary artwork sculpture, print, mixed media
Liam Gillick Blue Flow Line, 2024 Powder-coated aluminium accompanied by an artist print
45 x 45 x 4.5 cm
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There should be places to sleep by Liam Gillick contemporary artwork sculpture
Liam Gillick There should be places to sleep, 2018 Vinyl text, powder-coated aluminium
205 x 198 x 10 cm
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Fresh Springs by Liam Gillick contemporary artwork sculpture
Liam Gillick Fresh Springs, 2018 White neon
104 x 145 cm
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Ghost towns should proliferate by Liam Gillick contemporary artwork sculpture
Liam Gillick Ghost towns should proliferate, 2018 Powder-coated aluminium
205 x 198 x 10 cm
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Suspended Collapse by Liam Gillick contemporary artwork sculpture
Liam Gillick Suspended Collapse, 2015 Powder-coated aluminium
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Screened Development by Liam Gillick contemporary artwork sculpture
Liam Gillick Screened Development, 2014 Powder-coated aluminium, acrylic glass
100 x 75 x 20 cm
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