Locust Projects is pleased to announce Out of the Box (OOTB), a new initiative that will increase exposure to contemporary art by sponsoring projects in public locations throughout Miami. The program will launch with the Billboard Project in December 2010, for which internationally renowned artist Liam Gillick has be commissioned to produce artwork for billboards and bus shelters surrounding Miami's Design District and Miami Beach.
Gillick examines how the built world carries traces of social, economic, and political systems through a broad range of disciplines including object-based installations and published texts. Conceived specifically for Miami, La aparente union del cielo y la tierra (The apparent junction of earth and sky), 2010 presents a series of abstracted works in which Gillick invokes the horizon, a space where viewers can reflect and discuss how the built environment structures and patterns everyday lives.
About the artist
Born in Aylesbury, England in 1964, Liam Gillick studied at Goldsmiths College at the University of London. Gillick's diverse body of work includes sculpture, installation, photography, video, writing, and numerous public projects. Solo exhibitions include The Wood Way, Whitechapel Gallery, London, 2002; A short text on the possibility of creating an economy of equivalence, Palais de Tokyo, 2005; and the retrospective project Three Perspectives and a short scenario, Witte de With, Rotterdam, Kunsthalle Zürich, and Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, 2008–2010. Gillick was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2002 and the Vincent Award at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam in 2008. Many public commissions and projects include the Home Office in London (2005) and the Dynamica Building in Guadalajara, Mexico (2009). Gillick was selected to represent Germany for the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009. A major exhibition of his work opened at the Kunst und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland in April 2010. His workis featured in many museum collections including Tate Modern, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.
The Billbaord Project was made possible with major support from The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
Locust Projects' exhibitions and programming are made possible with the support from: Andy Warhol Foundation; Galt & Skye Mikesell; Hannibal Cox Jr. Foundation; Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, the Mayor, and the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners.
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