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Imants Tillers 'Philosophy of Doubt'

Imants Tillers 'Philosophy of Doubt'
14 February

Imants Tillers, In Praise of Doubt, 2017 synthetic polymer paint
and gouache on 54 canvasboards No. 99796 – 99849
228.6 x 213.4 cm (90 x 84 ̋)
Image Courtesy of the artist and GAGPROJECTS | Greenaway Art Gallery.
In Praise Of Doubt Imants Tillers
Imants Tillers, In Praise of Doubt, 2017 synthetic polymer paint and gouache on 54 canvasboards No. 99796 – 99849 228.6 x 213.4 cm (90 x 84 ̋) Image Courtesy of the artist and GAGPROJECTS | Greenaway Art Gallery.

Internationally successful Australian contemporary artist Imants Tillers’ latest exhibition Philosophy of Doubt is on show at the Riddoch Art Gallery.

Imants Tillers is considered to be one of Australia’s most prominent and thought provoking contemporary artists, using appropriated imagery and text as part of his work.

“Tillers presents a substantial body of 17 huge gridded paintings, created from hundreds of canvas boards. The paintings are abundant with fragments of borrowed images, words, phrases, names, place, locality and identity. Tillers’ Latvian heritage and diasporic experiences, relationships, topology, space, all inform his works,” Riddoch Art Gallery Director Dr Melentie Pandilovski said.

Prepared in collaboration with GAG Projects (Adelaide, Berlin), Philosophy of Doubt represents a new body of work by Tillers which attempts to find common ground between contemporary Western Desert painting and the meta-physical paintings of the 20th century Italian master, Giorgio de Chirico.

“Tillers continues the premise of the exhibition 'Dreamings: Aboriginal art meets De Chirico' curated by Ian McLean and Erica Izett at the Carlo Bilotti Museum in Rome in 2014, in which seven of Tillers’ works (from 1986 to 2014) formed a bridge between the 20 works by Giorgio de Chirico which are on permanent display in the museum and the exhibition of Western Desert paintings from the Sordello Missana Collection from Antibes, France,” Dr Pandilovski said.

Imants Tillers has exhibited widely since the late 1960s, and has represented Australia at important international exhibitions such as Documenta in Kassel, the Venice Biennale and PS1 in New York.

The public is invited to attend opening night on Friday 23 February at 6:00pm. Imants Tillers will be present at the gallery on opening night and will conduct a tour and artist talk. The exhibition is on show in the Main Gallery and Margaret Scott Gallery, Riddoch Art Gallery until Sunday 11 March 2018.