Graham Gillmore, Unfounded Objects

September 23 — October 22, 2022
Opening reception, Friday, September 23rd, 4pm to 7pm

For information about available work or to view the exhibition, info@monteclarkgallery.com.

Photographed by Byron Dauncey and When They Find Us.

Monte Clark is pleased to present Unfounded Objects, an exhibition of new paintings and sculptures by Graham Gillmore. On view is a collection of work that examines language as form, shifting from the colourful oil and enamel paintings we are familiar with to monochromatic and abstract sculptures. 

Events

IDS Vancouver Closing Party — co-hosted by McKinley Studios
September 24th

Gillmore’s paintings are characteristic of his practice and depict revelations scribed with oil stick across fragmented fields. Bold statements are softened by the texture of the oil stick and layered with transparencies, and complex compositions.

 These colourful paintings hang in contrast to Gillmore’s monochromatic tablets comprised of hand-cut letters, plasticine, found objects and gesso. The tablets emphasize both a visual topography and verbal significance. White paint unifies the pictorial field, manifesting a productive tension between flatness and depth. While embodying reduction and restraint these works convey a sense of playfulness making reference to anecdotes and tensions within the creative process.  

 Fashioned out of unconventional materials are five sculptures that explore multidimensional space and corporeal form, reflecting on a connection between language and the human body how words travel through us and where meaning sets in. The fluid compositions reflect those found in his paintings as streams that separate or connect thoughts. Comprised of familiar objects, clothing hangers, a spice rack, a candelabra, garden ornaments, paper holders, and knife blocks, these items are transformed from a utilitarian purpose to an aesthetic one. 

The titles of the sculptures reference songs by Thelonious Monk, an influential American jazz musician whose technique is identified by sparse, complex, sometimes dissonant harmonies, and imbued with warmth and playfulness. Gillmore demonstrates unwavering experimental freedom that is at once liberating and fragile, revealing deeper truths about ourselves.

Gillmore’s work is collected by the Museum of Modern Art, the Ghent Museum, Gian Enzo Sperone, the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, RCA Records, The Royal Bank of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Vancouver Art Gallery, and numerous other institutions worldwide. He has been featured in publications such as Canadian Art, W Magazine, Art News, ArtForum, L.A. Weekly, C Magazine, and the New York Times Magazine. He lives and works in Winlaw, BC and Toronto, ON.

Graham Gillmore
No Bad Data
2022
Oil and acrylic on canvas
80 x 60 in
$36,500.00

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Graham Gillmore
I Was Wrong-Ed
2022
Mixed media
22 x 28 x 3 in
$13,000.00

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Graham Gillmore
I Want To Be Happy
2022
Mixed media
30.5 x 16 x 19 in (Base dimensions: 8.75 x 4.5 x 5.5 in)
$16,000.00

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Graham Gillmore
How Do We Begin When Do We End
2022
Oil and acrylic on canvas
80 x 60 in
$36,500.00

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Installation view (South-east), Graham Gillmore, Unfounded Objects, Monte Clark, 2022.

Graham Gillmore
Lacks Heart More Tears Needs Work
2022
Oil and acrylic on canvas
72 x 60 in
$34,500.00

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Graham Gillmore
Evidence
2022
Mixed media
35.5 x 24 x 16 in (Base dimensions: 8.5 x 8 x 4.75 in)
$16,000.00

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Graham Gillmore
Go To Court
2022
Oil and acrylic on canvas
72 x 86 in
$38,000.00

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Graham Gillmore
You Corporeal Thing You
2022
Mixed media
36 x 18 x 2.75 in
$14,000.00

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Installation view (South-west), Graham Gillmore, Unfounded Objects, Monte Clark, 2022.

Graham Gillmore
Shell with Living Thing Inside
2022
Mixed media
48 x 24 x 4 in
$19,000.00

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Graham Gillmore
Brilliant Corners
2022
Mixed media
31.5 x 16 x 19 in (Base dimensions:8.25 x 3.75 x 5 in)
$16,000.00

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Graham Gillmore
Ruby, My Dear
2022
Mixed media
35.5 x 20 x 14.5 in (Base dimensions: 10.5 in diameter)
$16,000.00

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Graham Gillmore
Why Do I Know What I Already Think I Know
2022
Oil and acrylic on canvas
72 x 86 in
$38,000.00

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Installation view (West), Graham Gillmore, Unfounded Objects, Monte Clark, 2022.

Graham Gillmore
Not New Head Empty Needs Work
2022
Mixed media
48 x 24 x 2.75 in
$19,000.00

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Graham Gillmore
Ugly Beauty
2022
Mixed media
45 x 15 x 17 in (Base dimensions: 9.25 x 4.5 x 7.5 in)
$16,000.00

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Graham Gillmore
Soft Vinyl Skin Warm to Human Touch
2022
Mixed media
37 x 18 x 2.75 in
$14,500.00

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Graham Gillmore
How Do We Begin When Do We End
2022
Enamel on panel
72 x 48 in
$31,500.00

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Installation view (North-east), Graham Gillmore, Unfounded Objects, Monte Clark, 2022.

Graham Gillmore
Try Harder More Feeling Less Irony
2022
Oil and acrylic on canvas
72 x 60 in
SOLD

Graham Gillmore
Beauty is the Mother fucker of Death
2022
Mixed media
40 x 30 x 3 in
$18,500.00

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Graham Gillmore
Needs Work
2022
Mixed media
18 x 24 x 2.75 in
$11,000.00

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Graham Gillmore
Untitled
2022
Oil and enamel on panel
72 x 48 in
$31,500.00

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