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IMANTS TILLERS ‘From the Studio’
May 19 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 12:00pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, repeating until May 25, 2018
An event every week that begins at 12:00pm on Saturday, repeating until May 26, 2018
From the Studio
18 April – 26 May
An exhibition of 10 major paintings drawn from the artist’s studio. Please join the artist for the exhibition Launch at the University Gallery, Newcastle.
SATURDAY 21 April, from 2pm
at THE UNIVERSITY GALLERY
Since 1981, Imants Tillers has been working on ‘The Canvasboard System’, in which multiple painted boards are arranged in grids to form large-scale paintings. Also known as the Book of Power, the project was inspired by Stéphane Mallarmé’s idea that ‘everything in the world exists to end up a book’. Through this system, Tillers aims to accommodate all categories of knowledge ‘from the trivial to the serious, the banal to the profound’. Using predominately appropriated imagery, he combines existing artworks, images and texts to create multi-layered paintings that address a wide range of topics. Each canvasboard is numbered on the reverse, beginning at the number 1, in November 1981, and ascending methodically towards the goal of infinity. The present count has exceeded 108,000.
From the Studio presents 10 paintings made up of approximately 840 of these panels. The works are all drawn from Tillers’ personal collection and span four decades of his career, from the 1980s to the present. They address issues of power, identity and diaspora and also chronicle a shift in Tillers’ practice towards increasing layers of imagery and text. In the early 1990s, textual references such as poetry and place names gradually made their way into Tillers’ vortex, becoming crucial elements of the work. Around this time his technique also shifted from a more regular use of oils and oil stick to his now distinctive method of masking, cutting and layering. From the Studio underlines the scope, continuity and cumulative power of ‘The Canvasboard System’.
A University Gallery Project – curated by Olivia Sophia
IMAGE: Imants Tillers, Tomb 1987, oil stick, gouache, synthetic polymer paint on 48 canvasboards, nos. 17665–17712, 229 x 203 cm. Courtesy of the artist
Gallery hours: Wednesday to Friday from 10am-5pm, Saturday 12-4pm or by appointment.