Young British Artist Liam Gillick is primarily interested in analyzing structures, social organizations, and human interaction. Using mass-produced materials, such as aluminum, chipboard, and Plexiglas, Gillick creates modular objects that he arranges in site-specific installations to explore how evidence of our social, political, and economic systems are embedded in the built environment. An early practitioner of Relational Aesthetics, Gillick’s cross-disciplinary practice also comprises music composition, writing, and curatorial projects. courtesy of artsy.net
For me art books are the first step in finding inspiration and good lord did I find it! I looked through 50 contemporary artists you should know and also The Contemporary Art Book. I found 6 artists (2 of which I’ve been in contact with countless times before but had over looked) that all provided me with fresh ideas and inspiration, and all probably with a complete disconnection to why they actually made to work I saw (because I just looked at the pictures).
Andreas Gursky’s, satellite images and Nam June Paik’s, Electronic Superhighway, made me consider using geographical standpoints, referring back to my use of maps and also re establishing it by looking at the outlines of nations as well as satellite images.
Liam Gillick’s, Presentism and Shirin Neshat’s, Rebellious Silence, made me consider the use of text, informing the viewer of what my project is and stands for, or telling the viewer why those particular places were chosen. Neshat’s use of Arabic in her works however inspired me to perhaps translate each passage to the language of the nation. While Gillick made me consider the visual aesthetics of what I was saying.
My final idea came from Marcel Broodthaer’s, Casserole and Closed Mussels and Robert Rauschnburg’s, Bellini. When looking as the closed Mussels in the dish for whatever reason my mind flew to France as they linked, for me, to that nation in particular, giving me the idea of using images that linked to the nations and why I had sent the envelopes there and combing then in the aesthetic style or Rauschenburg.