John Pilson, St Denis , 2003
Pilson is particularly interested in buffer areas (hallways, bathrooms, elevators), which are vectors of a certain intimacy. He stages small “events” or “actions” that are carried out at the end of the day, nights, or on weekends, when the representatives of power are absent.
In his film “Saint-Denis” (2003) he shows us small slices of private life in this impersonal environment, like the sequence featuring a woman who takes refuge in the bathroom, lights up a cigarette, lets her hair down and starts playing a piece of music for accordion.
In general, the events staged in St. Denis (2003) are inspired by both the past (prestigious hotel) and the present (antique dealers, offices, message businesses and so on) of this New York building, which was constructed in the 1860s and has been over the years visited by or home to famous people like Abraham Lincoln and Marcel Duchamp. Pilson’s film focuses on the transitions and contrasts between the street and the building’s halls, between the 19th-century façade and the 20th-century interior decoration.
Born in 1968 in New York City, USA. Lives and works in New York City, USA.
Solo Exhibitions (selection)
Dark Empire, MW Projects, London, Great Britain
St. Denis, Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York City, USA
Clean Lines, Art Basel 33, Basel, Switzerland
Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam. Netherlands
Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York, USA
John Pilson (Torbjorn Vejvi), Raucci/Santamaria Gallery, Naples, Italy
Group Exhibitions (selection)
Altered Spaces: Video Art and the Physical World, Cheekwood Museum of Art, Nashville, USA
The Moderns, Castello di Rivoli, Museo d’Arte Contemporana, Rivoli, Italy
Moving Pictures, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City, USA
Sudden Glory : Sight Gags and Slapstick in Contemporary Art, California College of Arts and crafts wattis Institut of Contemporary Art, Oakland, USA
Travels to P.S. 1, Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, USA
49 th International Exhibition of Art, Plateau of Mankind , Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy