Body Alive with Signals
Paul Elliman lives and works in London and has exhibited internationally, including Glasgow Centre for Contemporary Art (2011), New York’s Museum of Modern Art (2012), University of Washington, Seattle (2013), XII Baltic Triennial, Vilnius Contemporary Arts Centre, Lithuania (2014), John Soane Museum, London (2015). Recent solo gallery exhibitions include Hermes the Thief at Wallspace, New York (2013), Body Alive with Signals at Obectif, Antwerp (2014), September’s Here Again at Carl Freedman Gallery, London (2015), and forthcoming solo exhibitions in Copenhagen, Mexico City and Antwerp during 2016.
Known for his work with a found typography of corporate and industrial debris, he also follows the human voice through many of its social and technological guises, often imitating other languages and sounds of the city. As a commissioned artist for the New York biennial Performa 09 his project Sirens Taken for Wonders involved a series of siren-walks through the city on the hunt for emergency vehicle alerts. In 2012 a selection from his typographical archive of discarded letter-like machine parts and found objects was included in the exhibition ‘Ecstatic Alphabets/Heaps of Language’ curated by Laura Hoptman at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. In 2013 he published Untitled (September Magazine), a 600 page glossy magazine using found images to explore connections between language and gesture. September Magazine was awarded the 2015 Leipzig Golden Letter for publication design.
Paul will talk about some of the themes and interests motivating his work.