Paul Elliman
As you said
18 March – 14 May 17

 
<p>Paul Elliman, <em>Autumn/Winter 2016/17</em>, 2017, Billboards across the city (Diesterwegstraße/ Zeiss-Großplanetarium), Courtesy the artist, Photo: Frank Sperling</p>

Paul Elliman, Autumn/Winter 2016/17, 2017, Billboards across the city (Diesterwegstraße/ Zeiss-Großplanetarium), Courtesy the artist, Photo: Frank Sperling

 

Opening: 17 March, 7 pm

 

British artist Paul Elliman (born 1961 in London, GB) has consistently engaged with the production and performance of language as a material component of the socially constructed environment. In a world where objects and people are equally subject to the force fields of mass production, Elliman explores the range of human expression as kind of typography.

 

His exhibition As you said includes various works, both existing and new, that test the boundaries of our communication through letter-like objects, language-like vocal sounds, actions, and movements of the body. Whether concealed by clothing or techniques of mimicry, our gestures and the desire for language are always within easy reach of the violently communicative raw material of the city itself. As you said is structured around a set of vitrines devised by Ian Wilson, which Elliman considers as sculptures, objects of display, and sites for discourse. Alongside these vitrines Elliman presents two new bodies of work, one produced in collaboration with the dancer Elena Giannotti.

 

<p class="p1">The exhibition series <em>Ian Wilson: </em><i>Hanne Lippard, Adam Pendleton, and Paul Elliman</i> is funded by the Capital Cultural Fund, Berlin.</p>

 

The exhibition series Ian Wilson: Hanne Lippard, Adam Pendleton, and Paul Elliman is funded by the Capital Cultural Fund, Berlin.

 

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Paul Elliman, Neither supernatural nor mechanical, 1994/2007, detail, Installation view Paul Elliman ‘As you said’ at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, 2017, Photo: Frank Sperling
Paul Elliman, Neither supernatural nor mechanical, 1994/2007, detail, Installation view Paul Elliman ‘As you said’ at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, 2017, Photo: Frank Sperling
Paul Elliman, Detroit as Refrain Votrax SC-01 (circa 1974), 2013–2017, Courtesy the artist and Mathew Kneebone, Installation view Paul Elliman ‘As you said’ at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, 2017, Photo: Frank Sperling
Paul Elliman, Detroit as Refrain Votrax SC-01 (circa 1974), 2013–2017, Courtesy the artist and Mathew Kneebone, Installation view Paul Elliman ‘As you said’ at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, 2017, Photo: Frank Sperling
Ian Wilson, Time (spoken), early 1970, A typewritten sheet of paper with the text: ‘Time spoken’, Courtesy the artist and Jan Mot, Brussels; Paul Elliman, The London Stone, 2011, detail, Courtesy the artist (f.l.t.r.); Installation view Paul Elliman ‘As you said’ at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, 2017, Photo: Frank Sperling
Ian Wilson, Time (spoken), early 1970, A typewritten sheet of paper with the text: ‘Time spoken’, Courtesy the artist and Jan Mot, Brussels; Paul Elliman, The London Stone, 2011, detail, Courtesy the artist (f.l.t.r.); Installation view Paul Elliman ‘As you said’ at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, 2017, Photo: Frank Sperling
Paul Elliman ‘As you said’  Installation view KW Institute for Contemporary Art, 2017, Photo: Frank Sperling
Paul Elliman ‘As you said’ Installation view KW Institute for Contemporary Art, 2017, Photo: Frank Sperling