24 April – 25 May 2013 TINTYPE 18 St Cross Street London EC1N 8UN www.tintypegallery.com
“I am interested in fabricating structures that operate as a means to view and frame actual space, surroundings and real time encounters.
Ideal Paste is Adam Gillam’s solo show at Tintype. Gillam’s comic, delicate sculptures have an impromptu quality, akin to a makeshift moment given form.
Fabricated structures is an apt description of Gillam’s practice. He improvises with different materials, and the quality of those materials and the process of working with them determines the end result in a particularly lucid way. The process of making is both a method and an interpretive tool.
“We are given a work that has been made step by step, of which we see all the steps at once.” (Melissa Gronlund)
Gillam’s work is beautifully balanced and nuanced, scraps of material, like scraps of time, are assembled in an inventive, bricolage fashion. For Ideal Paste, Gillam has been working on a series of wall-based works that are almost paintings. They consist of sculpted frames and drawings that draw attention to the space that a frame frames. The means of hanging, usually disguised and out of sight, is similarly accented and part of the subject.
About The Artist
Adam Gillam studied painting at Liverpool John Moores University and the Royal Academy Schools, graduating in 1997. Recent selected shows include Curator’s Egg, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, 2012, Melanchotopia, curated by Nicolaus Schafhausen and Anne-Claire Schmidt, Witte de With, Rotterdam 2011, Construction and its shadow, curated by Andrew Bick, Leeds City Art Gallery, 2011, Adam Gillam, Joe Orton and Kenneth Halliwell , Ancient & Modern, 2011; Wandering Rocks, Gimpel Fils 2006, The Way We Work Now, Camden Arts Centre 2005, Adam Gillam and Sara Mackillop, MOT International, London 2009 (Z)Art curated by Jan Hoet, ABTArt Gallery, Stuttgart 2010, Cortez Arrives, Herbert Read Gallery 2009, Art is a cupboard, Keith Talent Gallery, London 2007.Art Fairs include LISTE (Basel) 2009, Artissima, Turin and Art Rotterdam, Netherlands all with KLERKX.