We meet at Gillian's home in unsalubrious Borough, south London, a Peabody-type flat that's far too tiny for her and her artist boyfriend Michael Landy. This work was inspired by 'fly-on-the-wall' documentaries and confessional TV chat shows, but it also evokes the religious ritual of confession and its modern secular equivalent, psychoanalysis. During her time on The X-Files, Gillian dyed her hair red for the character, but when she reprised her role for The X-Files revival, she ended up wearing a … I always wanted a space like an office as I was a secretary before becoming an artist; I liked the comfort of offices. Sometimes, when she lacks the courage to approach someone, she kicks herself for weeks afterwards. And I change my mind about Gillian. 'It's all about death, isn't it?' British-born photo, video and performance-based artist Gillian Wearing is best known for bringing home the 1997 Turner prize and her series of direct street portraits, Signs that say what you want them to say and not Signs that say what someone else wants you to say (1992-3). says Gillian Wearing cheerfully, as we collect our souvenir picture. One such occasion was when she spotted a woman with a bandaged face on a road in south-east London. Biography of Gillian Wearing Childhood. 'Next time,' she says, 'we should try and look nonchalant.'. Artwork page for ‘‘I like to be in the country’’, Gillian Wearing CBE, 1992–3 Wearing’s photographs explore how the public and private identities of ordinary people are self-fashioned and documented. When she was nominated for England’s prestigious Turner Prize, the judges described her work as “confessional art in which she persuades her fellow citizens to reveal their most secret thoughts and desires.” “Persuades” was too strong a word—“permits” might have been better. Indeed Gillian Wearing’s art casts doubt on the efficacy of most assumptions we make. For one of her earliest works included here she placed an advertisement in Time Out that later became the title: Confess All On Video. She calls Michael out of the kitchen, asks him what he thinks. Gillian's parents split up when she was in her early teens: she says she can't remember exactly when, because her dad had phases of living elsewhere, 'in other women's houses, I think. Zoom photographe 2 commentaires. The day after we meet, Gillian phones me up. 'I feel funny about people seeing work when I haven't quite worked out what to do with it.'. Confess all on video. Why? As John Slyce puts it: “Gillian Wearing does not suffer the indignity of speaking for others.”. Gillian Wearing CBE, RA (born 10 December 1963) is an English conceptual artist, one of the Young British Artists, and winner of the 1997 Turner Prize. Gillian Wearing fait partie des YBA ou Young Britisih Artists, ce groupe de jeunes artistes sortis principalement du Goldsmiths College de Londres dans les années 90. Wikidata Gillian, 36, has a young face and long, straight black hair, and she wears men's trousers and patterned shirts. She left school two years later with no qualifications. Artwork page for ‘‘I’m desperate’’, Gillian Wearing CBE, 1992–3 The series of photographs called Signs... brought Wearing international recognition when it was first exhibited in 1993. Someone who reminds you of someone in your childhood or of yourself. In Dancing in Peckham , she dances wildly, without music, in a South London shopping centre. About food (she got the sack from McDonald's because she was so slow that all the customers asked for their money back). And it is chaos. 'She stood out. It's not to do with ideas at all, it's just the idea of talking really, just the talking about anything.' Gillian - still shy, still inarticulate, still interested in others and not in herself - shows just how eloquent lack of eloquence can be. Thanks for posting back.I also think that bending over a chair is a pretty ideal position really.Quite classic actually. Interview. Still,' says Gillian, wryly, 'at least everyone on the bus saw what we looked like.'. Much has been made of the way in which Gillian Wearing's work anticipated social media. Gillian herself appears very non-confrontational. “And the media would only portray certain people. After five minutes deliberation, Gillian finally offers, with a laugh: 'Well, my father liked to argue things out. There's nothing particularly attention-seeking about her (unlike, say, Tracey or Damien): she seems a bit shy, though not unfriendly. Gillian's work is often funny, always human, humane and democratic. Gillian Wearing: Do You Feel You Know Me a Bit Now? Still, there were people dressed as animals wandering through the foyer all night: 'It was amazing,' sighs Gillian. I'd rather see the countryside in a film; I stay in the car when people go for walks.') Wearing's childhood was spent in Birmingham, where she lived with her parents and two siblings. It's vague territory. What's nice about her is that, actually, she's an unusual, quite eccentric person, a 'proper' artist - but that's all hidden behind her easy-going mask of ordinariness. An undercover correspondent sending weird dispatches back from the frontline of the mundane. I never worked out if he'd actually recognised us or not.'. Article from whitechapelgallery.org. In many of her works, Wearing creates zones and contexts that might offer expression and release. 'By the time we caught the 51 bus and made it all the way into town, it was time to catch the last one back again. Although they were born almost seventy years apart and came from different backgrounds, remarkable parallels can be drawn between the two artists. In terms of her personality, Wearing is a listener as opposed to a talker: "Around a dinner table I am the least anecdotal of people, and prefer listening; it's my trait, my vocation and what I love." And then, at 22, she managed to get a place on an art course, a B-Tech in Chelsea. Gillian Wearing: 'I've always been a bit of a listener' Tim Adams . Gillian Wearing: The idea of a show at the Whitechapel was muted in 2006 with Iwona, just after Doris Krystof from K20 Museum in Düsseldorf had also invited me to do a survey show. There are no pictures, anywhere, other than a large photograph of a young girl with her writing underneath, pinned to the sitting-room wall. School wasn't going too well. In all senses: she hates talking about herself - 'I don't talk personally about anything with anyone. Gillian hasn't got a studio at the moment, which partially explains the chaos of her flat. Anyhow, when they did, they went on a trip around England's theme parks: Blackpool, Alton Towers, Chessington. Gillian didn't talk to her, but found her so inspiring that she made a work, Homage to the Woman with the Bandaged Face I Saw Yesterday Down Walworth Road , where she wrapped her own face up in bandages and walked the length of the Walworth Road, filming people's reac tions. Call Gillian Version II’, Gillian Wearing CBE, 1994 Responding to an advertisement in Time Out magazine, a series of participants took up Wearing's offer to make their confessions on camera. And city kid Gillian misreads the Alton Towers map and leads us literally up a very long garden path. She's like everyone else. Interview. 1997. Sophie Risner. We buy a commemorative all-action photo whenever we can, and treat ourselves to a gourmet McDonald's at the end. Premature exhilaration. Neo Conceptual Art .. For the past decade, Wearing has been making her own self-portraits, wearing naturalistic silicon masks featuring the faces of other people. She communicates her liking for you through subtle little gestures, funny snuffly laughter. As her forthcoming Whitechapel show illustrates, the artist has a rare talent for … She really, really loves roller coasters. Gillian and Michelle listened to music together, tried out make-up, began to bunk off school. Intrigued? 'It's like I'm thinking more about my presence than I'm thinking about how you communicate.'. Gillian Wearing was born in Birmingham, England in 1963. She then photographed them holding their statements. Once, when she was temping, two of her work colleagues noticed: 'They said, "You can't form a sentence can you?" I had overlooked that Gillian Wearing was given the commission and immediately the picture changed. It's what fires Gillian: the reason why she doesn't repeat her work is that she believes that as soon as the process becomes less nerve-wracking for her, as soon she relaxes and isn't nervous, then her art deteriorates. She doesn't mind, because she herself finds it very hard to talk. Wearing lives and works in London. Phaidon have a lovely book of Gillian's work: when I went through it, I thought she'd make a brilliant journalist, or documentary maker. Normal, but not at all underneath. Gillian Anderson donned a fat suit in order to portray prime minister Margaret Thatcher in The Crown.. Contemporary Art. She huffs and puffs all the way. Gillian Wearing Mask Masked fabric mask, wax sculpture, steel rod and wooden plinth 56 x 14 x 10 cm 22 x 5 1/2 x 3 7/8 inches plinth: 92 x 38 x 28 cm 2020 . Then the car drops straight down, there's a flash of light and you hurtle into darkness, a strangely cold, wet darkness... until, just as it feels as though you really will have a heart attack, you level out, shoot round a corner and surface. Both these venues were about to undergo refurbishment which meant that a date couldn’t be fixed: therefore the dialogue would be ongoing. Turner Prize-winner Gillian Wearing produces candid videos and photographs revealing the disconnect between our inner lives and public personas, the individual and society, and truth and fiction. I hit a teacher.' Gillian Wearing, interview with Cay-Sophie Rabinowitz Parkett No. The mother speaks of her admiration for her children, but also of the way they make her feel like a failure. A retrospective of Gillian Wearing’s work ran from March 28 – June 17 at London’s Whitechapel Gallery and following quickly on its heels will be an exhibition at K20 Kunsthallsammlung NRW in Dusseldorf (September 8 – January 6, 2013). Kitchen, sitting room, bedroom, bathroom, all of tiddly proportions. But then, perhaps she's hit her post-adolescent mellow period: 'I was put on report on my first day in secondary school. Wearing works in a wide range of media, always provocatively plumbing the most ordinary human dramas for their extraordinary, often ironic, content. She has been described by journalists as "friendly, sli… Interviews Votre recherche : Nicholas Cullinan - Catherine Kate Middleton, duchesse de Cambridge arrive à l'exposition de Gillian Wearing à Londres le 28 mars 2017. But the recent crop of so-called YBAs (Young British Artists: Damien Hirst, Sarah Lucas, Tracey Emin, et al), while not exactly conventional, have always seemed more approachable, more understandable, less bohemian, isolated and disengaged from reality than the artist stereotype. 'Everyone's different. The woman was out with friends, going clubbing, enjoying herself, entirely ordinary except for her white swaddling mask. Sometimes not even that. 'And I did, and didn't actually say anything, just sort of nn uh yuh un uh.' Now she is helping others to overcome their social anxiety, through karaoke and poetry Call Gillian Version II’, Gillian Wearing CBE, 1994 Responding to an advertisement in Time Out magazine, a series of participants took up Wearing's offer to make their confessions on camera. 'I was annoyed that the advertisers passed it off as though they'd had this unique idea. 17 mars 2014. Gillian Wearing discusses social media, Danishness and rethinking the family model. During the day, we chat about this and that. In a Harper's Bazaar interview ahead of ... the idea of having Anderson wear prosthetic teeth). Self Portrait, 2000. Her shyness is another important, though unseen, factor in her art. Gillian Wearing, Snapshot, 2005. Her new work takes this theme into the realm of an AI-created self-ad, made with advertising agency Wieden + Kennedy, which mimics the blurring of sincerity and manipulation that is rife in the way we present ourselves through social media. Feb 27, 2018 - This comprehensive survey, premiering new films and sculptures, shows how Wearing is both political and poetic, finding the extraordinary in us all. ', Gillian Wearing, the Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, London W2 (020 7402 6075), from 14 September to 29 October Sponsored by Selfridges & Co in association with The Observer. 'She hit me. It feels natural, moisturizing, smooth and silky and gives great coverage without making it feel like I’m wearing anything. About 15 years old. You can see why she strikes up friendships with tramps and kids, how she can work with people whom others can't. Gillian Wearing 'We need to approach life with the notion we are all mentally ill' Conceptual artist Gillian Wearing emerged in the 1990s as part of a bold generation of artists that helped define modern British art. Gillian Wearing, Me as Cahun Holding a Mask of My Face, 2012. No evidence of a DIY ethic: the sitting room is a teetering clutter of boxes and videos and magazines; the walls are grubby white. Probably a good time to go through Gillian's history. She was incredibly nervous - 'I could have bumped into my neighbours' - and had to have a couple of whiskies before she went out. Unusually, her shyness isn't hard work: she's very restful to be around. The British artist has long explored ideas around identity and the masks we wear. ', On the same day, Gillian met Christine Knight. In 2007 Wearing was elected as lifetime member of the Royal Academy of Arts in London. Call Gillian … (1994). Words by Paola Paleari. I really am sorry for always asking questions.Partly it is because I am pretty inquisitive and partly just because I enjoy reading your opinions and am still grateful for all your insightful earlier posts. Gillian Wearing CBE, RA (born 10 December 1963) is an English conceptual artist, one of the Young British Artists, and winner of the 1997 Turner Prize.In 2007 Wearing was elected as lifetime member of the Royal Academy of Arts in London. It's terrifying. She drinks hot Ribena; she talks about Big Brother. Throughout her teens and early twenties, Gillian would have one close girlfriend, maybe two: when she grew apart from Christine, Michelle Markam became Gillian's closest mate. Michael Landy, my husband, has the downstairs space and we share the studio with our beloved Staffordshire Bull Terrier, May. Much has been made of the way in which Gillian Wearing’s work anticipated social media. People open up to Gillian Wearing. Don’t Worry, You Will Be In Disguise. Interview. Blimey. YBAs get drunk and rowdy. From 14 September to 29 October, the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens will be host to a Gillian Wearing solo exhibition. I always wanted a space like an office as I was a secretary before becoming an artist; I liked the comfort of offices. A video, Dancing in Peckham (1994), which was a centerpiece of her retrospective this past spring at London’s Whitechapel Gallery, records the artist dancing in a shopping mall to music in her head. Well, that's a, ahem, tribute to one of Gillian's photographic works: 1993's Signs that say what you want them to say and not signs that say what someone else wants you to say. Zoom Photographe : Gillian Wearing. 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