T. J. Wilcox
15 January - 26 February 2005
Garlands is T. J. Wilcox's new group of 16 short, silent films installed on six 16 mm projectors. Each film relates an everyday phenomenon or anecdotal event that is told in the artist's signature means of reductive poetic narrative using original footage, still photographs, animation and one line subtitles. The projectors' collective hum provides the only sound for the exhibition.
Wilcox, an exquisite storyteller, hones in on remarkable details and draws something uncanny out of these known or observed tales, the impact of which might otherwise be overlooked. The newest films in the series feature animals, including a tale of swans that communicate the end of the world; Place Vendome, including the life and death of its famous residents, such as Chopin, Comtesse Castiglioni, Sisi, Empress of Austria.
For the past ten years, T. J. Wilcox has exhibited widely in America and Europe. Solo exhibitions include ICA and Sadie Coles, HQ, London; Berkeley Art Museum; Kunsthaus, Glarus, Switzerland; Gavin Brown enterprise, New York; and Galerie Daniel Buchholtz, Kšln. Selected group exhibitions include the 2004 and 1997 Whitney Biennials; Greater New York, PS1; The Americans: New Art, Barbican Art Centre, London; Dialogues, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and XLVII Venice Biennale. The Tate screened T. J. Wilcox's films in the summer of 2004 and the Museum of Modern Art will screen T. J. Wilcox's films in April of 2005. A monograph on T. J. Wilcox will be published in the Spring of 2005.