Laura Shill, installation view of “Phantom Touch” with detail of A Tall Room, 2016.

Laura Shill


Museum of Contemporary Art

Laura Shill works across media, maximalist artist operating at the intersection of collecting, costuming, performance, installation, and photography. For her first solo museum exhibition, curated by Nora Burnett Abrams, Shill sprawled “Phantom Touch” across nearly the entire second floor of the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. Building on a tradition of soft sculpture from a feminist perspective, she ambitiously stretched her practice – and broke some museum “rules” in the process. Shill’s work confronts the oftenfraught nature of touch, absence, and intimacy. “Phantom Touch” focused on A Tall Room, a sitespecific and immersive installation composed of 900, 18-foot-long stuffed pink tubes. Suspended from the ceiling to create permeable…see the entire review in the print version of March’s Sculpture magazine.