21 February - 29 March 2009 Private view 20 February 2009, 6-8pm
Unsurprisingly, both Sara MacKillop and Adam Gillam have shown together before. Both artistsí work caught my attention, instantly captivating me from the very first viewing. Whilst each adopts a very different approach to making stripped down minimalist sculpture, their use of apparently redundant materials means that their work naturally complements each other, though my reasons for showing them together are purely intuitive. I instinctively know that their work is good. To say too much about it would be superfluous, as the real joy within this work is the chance encounter. There is nothing of the spectacle to advertise, nothing unnecessary in itsí production, only the infinite translations and interpretations that we each bring to these blank pages and the memories triggered by the recycled formalism of the analogue materials. What is left unsaid is almost more important.
Sara Mackillop London-based Sara MacKillop received her MA in Painting at the Royal College of Art (2001) and her BFA with Honors at Leeds University (1996). Recent exhibitions include a two-person show with Ian Kiaer at International Project Space in Birrmingham, The difference between the to with Sean Edwards at Alp Gallery in Stockholm, 50 Envelope Windows at Whitechapel Project Space, and the solo exhibition Floor/Wall at Leicester City Art Gallery. Her worked has been published in the Toronto Star, Art Review, Miser and Now, and the Guardian. This is MacKillop's first show at MOT International
Adam Gillam Adam Gillam (b. 1970 in East Farleigh, Kent) received his Post-Graduate Diploma in Painting at the Royal Academy Schools (1997) and his BA with Honors in Fine Art at Liverpool John Moores University. Recent solo exhibitions include I am definitely coming for longer if I come again at KLERKX in Milan and Art in a cupboard at Keith Talent Gallery, London. Gillam's work was included in the Brussels Biennial 1 and in other group exhibitions such as Show Me Don't Tell Me curated by Nicolaus Schafhausen and Florian Waldvogel from Witte de With (Rotterdam), Wandering Rocks at Gimpel Fils (London), and The Way We Work Now at the Camden Arts Centre (London). In addition to his first exhibition at MOT International, he can be seen in the upcoming Reconstructing the Old House curated by Benet Spencer in London and Cambridge, Cortez arrives at Herbert Read Gallery in Canterbury, and an exhibition curated by Sara Stenczer in Lyon, France. Gillam currently lives and works in London.