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Kerlin Gallery is pleased to announce A Depicted Horse is not a Critique of a Horse, a solo exhibition of new work by Liam Gillick. 

This exhibition brings together a series of new abstract wall-based works alongside a sequence of large-scale graphics. The two sets of works stand in confrontation to each other, offering a clear view of the distinct contradictions at the heart of the artist’s practice.

Drawn from an extensive archive of prints produced over the last twenty years, the large wall graphics express an interest in production over consumption, each one combining medieval woodcuts with a commentary upon conditions of production – artistic and industrial, cognitive and craft-based. A friar toasts the arrival of the first car to be produced with computer-controlled robots. Saint Sebastian thinks about the “Return on Capital Employed”. And a chivalrous Knight dreams of hard-edged abstraction.

In close proximity to each graphic is a “channel work” – a new series of abstract powder-coated aluminium structures that continue the artist’s interest in secondary forms, derived from elements that support or disguise architectural structures. Rooted in processes of renovation, recuperation and endless development, these works are the latest stage in a long-term production of abstraction as a critique of the aesthetics of neo-liberalism.

The artist’s interest in the semiotics of the built world operating in tension with a consciousness of the conditions encountered and generated by “the contemporary artist” is emphasised by a wall text encountered on entering the gallery. The text is a short story about the artistic condition, placing the artist in an implicated role in relation to the critic and curator.

Three people – a critic, a curator, and an artist – walk into an exhibition. The only thing inside the exhibition is a mirror with a text right next to it:
“This is a magic mirror. If you tell the truth nothing happens. If you lie, you disappear forever....”

Selected Works

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Teamwork on the production line... 2018

Liam Gillick
Teamwork on the production line..., 2018
matte black vinyl on wall
300 x 250 cm / 118.1 x 98.4 in    

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Consumption Channelled 2018

Liam Gillick
Consumption Channelled, 2018
powder-coated aluminium
32 x 45 x 8 cm / 12.6 x 17.7 x 3.1 in 

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Liam Gillick
A Depicted Horse is not a Critique of a Horse
Kerlin Gallery
23 November 2018 – 19 January 2019

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A depicted horse is not a critique of a horse... 2018

Liam Gillick
A depicted horse is not a critique of a horse..., 2018
matte black vinyl on wall
300 x 250 cm / 118.1 x 98.4 in   

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Restriction Channelled 2018

Liam Gillick
Restriction Channelled, 2018
powder-coated aluminium
8 x 90 x 8 cm / 3.1 x 35.4 x 3.1 in

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Liam Gillick
A Depicted Horse is not a Critique of a Horse
Kerlin Gallery
23 November 2018 – 19 January 2019

 

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First fully automated production line... 2018

Liam Gillick
First fully automated production line..., 2018
matte black vinyl on wall
300 x 210 cm / 118.1 x 82.7 in  

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Expansion Channelled 2018

Liam Gillick
Expansion Channelled, 2018
powder-coated aluminium
16 x 45 x 8 cm / 6.3 x 17.7 x 3.1 in 

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Liam Gillick
A Depicted Horse is not a Critique of a Horse
Kerlin Gallery
23 November 2018 – 19 January 2019

 

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Return on capital employed... 2018

Liam Gillick
Return on capital employed..., 2018
matte black vinyl on wall
300 x 210 cm / 118.1 x 82.7 in 

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Liability Channelled, 2018

Liam Gillick
Liability Channelled, 2018
powder-coated aluminium
32 x 90 x 8 cm / 12.6 x 35.4 x 3.1 in

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Liam Gillick
A Depicted Horse is not a Critique of a Horse
Kerlin Gallery
23 November 2018 – 19 January 2019

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Neo-classical economics... 2018

Liam Gillick
Neo-classical economics..., 2018
matte black vinyl on wall
300 x 230 cm / 118.1 x 90.6 in   

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Refusal Channelled 2018

Liam Gillick
Refusal Channelled, 2018
powder-coated aluminium
16 x 90 x 8 cm / 6.3 x 35.4 x 3.1 in

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Means of consumption... 2018

Liam Gillick
Means of consumption..., 2018
matte black vinyl on wall
300 x 170 cm / 118.1 x 66.9 in

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Liam Gillick
A Depicted Horse is not a Critique of a Horse
Kerlin Gallery
23 November 2018 – 19 January 2019

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Critical tiles... 2018

Liam Gillick
Critical tiles..., 2018
matte black vinyl on wall
300 x 300 cm / 118.1 x 118.1 in  

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Contagion Channelled 2018

Liam Gillick
Contagion Channelled, 2018
powder-coated aluminium
16 x 180 x 8 cm / 6.3 x 70.9 x 3.1 in

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What is a mirror for? 2018

Liam Gillick
What is a mirror for?, 2018
matte black vinyl on wall
300 x 740 cm / 118.1 x 291.3 in   

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Teamwork on the production line... 2018

Liam Gillick
Teamwork on the production line..., 2018
matte black vinyl on wall
300 x 250 cm / 118.1 x 98.4 in    

Consumption Channelled 2018

Liam Gillick
Consumption Channelled, 2018
powder-coated aluminium
32 x 45 x 8 cm / 12.6 x 17.7 x 3.1 in 

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Liam Gillick
A Depicted Horse is not a Critique of a Horse
Kerlin Gallery
23 November 2018 – 19 January 2019

A depicted horse is not a critique of a horse... 2018

Liam Gillick
A depicted horse is not a critique of a horse..., 2018
matte black vinyl on wall
300 x 250 cm / 118.1 x 98.4 in   

Restriction Channelled 2018

Liam Gillick
Restriction Channelled, 2018
powder-coated aluminium
8 x 90 x 8 cm / 3.1 x 35.4 x 3.1 in

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Liam Gillick
A Depicted Horse is not a Critique of a Horse
Kerlin Gallery
23 November 2018 – 19 January 2019

 

First fully automated production line... 2018

Liam Gillick
First fully automated production line..., 2018
matte black vinyl on wall
300 x 210 cm / 118.1 x 82.7 in  

Expansion Channelled 2018

Liam Gillick
Expansion Channelled, 2018
powder-coated aluminium
16 x 45 x 8 cm / 6.3 x 17.7 x 3.1 in 

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Liam Gillick
A Depicted Horse is not a Critique of a Horse
Kerlin Gallery
23 November 2018 – 19 January 2019

 

Return on capital employed... 2018

Liam Gillick
Return on capital employed..., 2018
matte black vinyl on wall
300 x 210 cm / 118.1 x 82.7 in 

Liability Channelled, 2018

Liam Gillick
Liability Channelled, 2018
powder-coated aluminium
32 x 90 x 8 cm / 12.6 x 35.4 x 3.1 in

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Liam Gillick
A Depicted Horse is not a Critique of a Horse
Kerlin Gallery
23 November 2018 – 19 January 2019

Neo-classical economics... 2018

Liam Gillick
Neo-classical economics..., 2018
matte black vinyl on wall
300 x 230 cm / 118.1 x 90.6 in   

Refusal Channelled 2018

Liam Gillick
Refusal Channelled, 2018
powder-coated aluminium
16 x 90 x 8 cm / 6.3 x 35.4 x 3.1 in

Means of consumption... 2018

Liam Gillick
Means of consumption..., 2018
matte black vinyl on wall
300 x 170 cm / 118.1 x 66.9 in

48

Liam Gillick
A Depicted Horse is not a Critique of a Horse
Kerlin Gallery
23 November 2018 – 19 January 2019

Critical tiles... 2018

Liam Gillick
Critical tiles..., 2018
matte black vinyl on wall
300 x 300 cm / 118.1 x 118.1 in  

Contagion Channelled 2018

Liam Gillick
Contagion Channelled, 2018
powder-coated aluminium
16 x 180 x 8 cm / 6.3 x 70.9 x 3.1 in

What is a mirror for? 2018

Liam Gillick
What is a mirror for?, 2018
matte black vinyl on wall
300 x 740 cm / 118.1 x 291.3 in   

Installation Views

Installation Views Thumbnails
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Liam Gillick, A Depicted Horse is not a Critique of a Horse, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, 23 November 2018 – 19 January 2019

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Liam Gillick, A Depicted Horse is not a Critique of a Horse, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, 23 November 2018 – 19 January 2019

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Liam Gillick, A Depicted Horse is not a Critique of a Horse, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, 23 November 2018 – 19 January 2019

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Liam Gillick, A Depicted Horse is not a Critique of a Horse, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, 23 November 2018 – 19 January 2019

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Liam Gillick, A Depicted Horse is not a Critique of a Horse, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, 23 November 2018 – 19 January 2019

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Liam Gillick, A Depicted Horse is not a Critique of a Horse, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, 23 November 2018 – 19 January 2019

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Liam Gillick, A Depicted Horse is not a Critique of a Horse, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, 23 November 2018 – 19 January 2019

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Liam Gillick, A Depicted Horse is not a Critique of a Horse, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, 23 November 2018 – 19 January 2019

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Liam Gillick, A Depicted Horse is not a Critique of a Horse, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, 23 November 2018 – 19 January 2019

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Liam Gillick, A Depicted Horse is not a Critique of a Horse, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, 23 November 2018 – 19 January 2019

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Liam Gillick, A Depicted Horse is not a Critique of a Horse, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, 23 November 2018 – 19 January 2019

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Liam Gillick, A Depicted Horse is not a Critique of a Horse, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, 23 November 2018 – 19 January 2019

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Liam Gillick, A Depicted Horse is not a Critique of a Horse, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, 23 November 2018 – 19 January 2019

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Liam Gillick, A Depicted Horse is not a Critique of a Horse, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, 23 November 2018 – 19 January 2019

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Liam Gillick, A Depicted Horse is not a Critique of a Horse, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, 23 November 2018 – 19 January 2019

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Liam Gillick, A Depicted Horse is not a Critique of a Horse, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, 23 November 2018 – 19 January 2019

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Liam Gillick, A Depicted Horse is not a Critique of a Horse, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, 23 November 2018 – 19 January 2019

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Liam Gillick, A Depicted Horse is not a Critique of a Horse, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, 23 November 2018 – 19 January 2019

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Liam Gillick, A Depicted Horse is not a Critique of a Horse, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, 23 November 2018 – 19 January 2019

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Liam Gillick, A Depicted Horse is not a Critique of a Horse, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, 23 November 2018 – 19 January 2019

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Liam Gillick, A Depicted Horse is not a Critique of a Horse, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, 23 November 2018 – 19 January 2019

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Liam Gillick, A Depicted Horse is not a Critique of a Horse, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, 23 November 2018 – 19 January 2019