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CHRIS GILMOUR

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Sparking play between fiction and reality, Chris Gilmour’s sculptural works invite audiences to draw on memories and emotions associated with familiar objects. Life-size typewriters, bicycles, and guitars, meticulously crafted and detailed, challenge spectators to remain just that: observers. When natural instinct begs interaction with such dynamic items, The typewriter beckons to be put to use, the bicycle to be ridden, the guitar to be played. The result gives credence to Gilmour's reason for choosing such objects for their evocative and conceptual power.


For Chris Gilmour’s first New York solo exhibition "Pussy Galore",October 19 – November 22, 2006, Freight + Volume exhibited a life-size Aston Martin DB8, rendered in cardboard to such precision that even the most insignificant details of the engine are visible. The sculptural model pleads for reaction or interaction, coaxing the audience to hop into the driver's seat and take a spin, a la James Bond’s Pussy Galore. The automobile is presented, stripped of material constraints, as Gilmour’s latest sculptural accomplishment with steering wheel, gears, and tire spokes all in tow. Gilmour also presents, as part of his newest body of work, a series of acoustic and electric guitars as well as miniature churches modeled out of cigarette and condom boxes, again juxtaposing fiction and reality in playful jest.

By working with common, recycled items, such as cardboard and cigarette packets, Gilmour
concentrates on the medium in its natural state, often preserving the original printing, tape, and labels to capture an essence of authenticity. By using uncomplicated material that audiences understand and use in everyday li fe, Gilmour again builds on the viewer’s pre-existing associations to create a language that can be comprehended by many.



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Chris Gilmour
Aston Martin DB8, 2006
Cardboard and glue
life-size


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Chris Gilmour
Aston Martin DB8, 2006
Cardboard and glue
life-size

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