Amy Sillman: Landline : The first institutional exhibition of the acclaimed American painter

Camden Arts Centre is to present the first institutional exhibition of American painter Amy Sillman in the United Kingdom. Taking over all of the galleries at Camden Arts Centre, the exhibition, which includes over 30 new works, will explore the breadth of Sillman’s practice, encompassing gestural drawing, painting, digital and silkscreen print processes, video animation and zines, as well as a new site-specific installation created especially for the show.

Amy  Sillman  Kick  the  Bucket  (Loop  for  Portikus)2016HD  video,  colour,  sound1:10mins  (loop)    Copyright  Amy  SillmanCourtesy  the  artist
Amy Sillman Kick the Bucket (Loop for Portikus)2016HD video, colour, sound1:10mins (loop) Copyright Amy SillmanCourtesy the artist

Over the last three decades, Sillman has interrogated the language and practice of painting, re-evaluating its history and extending its reach into emergent mechanical and digital processes. Amongst the most distinctive voices in contemporary painting, she is known for challenging expectations. Having developed a wayward form of abstraction that extended the more process-oriented approaches typically associated with the traditions of post-war painting, Sillman brings a modern sensibility that includes a critical self-reflexivity, feminism and humour.

Amy  SillmanY14,  2017  Acrylic,  gouache  and  ink  on  paper101.6  x  66  cm  /  40  x  26  inches  ©  the  artist  Courtesy  Capitain  Petzel,  BerlinPhoto:  John  Berens
Amy SillmanY14, 2017 Acrylic, gouache and ink on paper101.6 x 66 cm / 40 x 26 inches © the artist Courtesy Capitain Petzel, BerlinPhoto: John Berens

Many of Sillman’s works undergo prolonged periods of gestation during which they are reworked, layered, washed over, scraped back, reoriented, sanded and embellished; ultimately moved from one state to another. This physical and emotional process is inscribed in the accretions of the work’s rendered surfaces, an energy of antagonism felt in forms that remain somehow in flux, materials that struggle between construction and deconstruction.

For this exhibition, Sillman has produced a new body of works on canvas, as well as continuing to push defiantly at the supposed limits of painting by expanding her practice into screen-printing, animation and her self-published zines. Sillman’s entire back catalogue of zines will be featured in the show, alongside a new issue created especially for Camden Arts Centre, available for visitors to take away.

In a major new work commissioned for the exhibition, Sillman will create a series of large-scale, double-sided, hybrid works that combine print, drawing and painting, which are installed in direct dialogue with the architecture of the space. Working with this format for the very first time, this will be a unique opportunity for audiences to encounter an important new departure in Sillman’s work as well as experiencing the depth and scope of her exuberant practice.

Amy Sillman: Landline 28th September 2018 – 6th January 2019 camdenartscentre.org

Amy  SillmanPink  Drawings,  2015-16Acrylic,  charcoal,  and  ink  on  paper40  drawings30  x  22  1/2  inches  /  76.2  x  57.2  cm  each  Copyright  Amy  SillmanCourtesy  the  artist
Amy Sillman Pink Drawings, 2015-16 Acrylic, charcoal, and ink on paper40 drawings30 x 22 1/2 inches / 76.2 x 57.2 cm each Copyright Amy Sillman Courtesy the artist

Amy  Sillman  Splitsville,  2017Acrylic  and  oil  on  linen  190.5  x  167.6  cm  /  75  x  66  inches  ©  the  artist  Courtesy  Capitain  Petzel,  Berlin  Photo:  John  Berens
Amy Sillman Splitsville, 2017Acrylic and oil on linen 190.5 x 167.6 cm / 75 x 66 inches © the artist Courtesy Capitain Petzel, Berlin Photo: John Berens

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