Untitled / U.O.S. # 5, 2011. Lacquer on MDF and wood, 320 x 120 x 120 cm.

Color as Material: A Conversation with Tilman

Tilman is definitely an artist’s artist. I first encountered his two-dimensional, non-objective work about 10 years ago while staying at the Center for Contemporary Non-Objective Art (CCNOA) in Brussels, where he was the artistic director. I grew quite fond of his “Tilman sandwiches”—layered horizontal stacks of painted materials that began his shift toward objects. Since then, he has moved into three-dimensional constructions, a direction that has widened his pursuit of color as a material and carrier of light by applying it across various structural forms. In the 27 years since Tilman graduated from art school in Munich, he has exhibited at art spaces across Europe, the United States, Japan, New Zealand, and Australia. He has had solo shows at the Kunstnernes Hus in Oslo, Dum Umení CŠeské Budejovice / House of Art in the Czech Republic, and Galerie Linard* Langsdorff in Paris. Recently he has participated in group exhibitions at MoMA PS1 and the Columna 1 / Lyon Biennial 2011 Satellite Program, and he’s shown numerous works at CCNOA. Tilman, who is very well networked in the international non-objective art scene, has played a key role in the exhibition and dissemination of such work. …see the entire article in the print version of May’s Sculpture magazine.