October 30, 2015
Liam Gillick was born in 1964 in Aylesbury, UK. He attended Goldsmiths College in London between 1984 and 1987 and has been teaching at Columbia University in New York since 1997. He lives and works in New York and London.
Considered one of the top 12 artists in the world; Gillick’s design is specific to the location, context, and architecture of the Fairmont Pacific Rim, designed by Vancouver architect, James KM Cheng.
Gillick poses open-ended questions about the structures, social, cultural, or political, that influence how meanings are derived. He approaches his work from multiple viewpoints and invites those who experience his work to come to their own conclusions. Gillick’s art practice has many forms of expression including graphic works, industrial design, sculpture, public projects, critical and theoretical writings, art criticism, curating, musical scores and films.
Over the past 20 years, he has created a vast body of interconnected works that investigate ways in which power is manifest in political, corporate, and commercial realms. “Lying on top of a building the clouds looked no nearer than when I was lying on the street…” at Fairmont Pacific Rim is one of a number of Gillick’s recently completed public projects including Ft. Lauderdale Airport, Florida, 2002; the new Home Office government building, London, 2005; and Lufthansa Headquarters, Frankfurt, 2007.