The first emotion when one looks at Chris Gilmour’s work is of awe. A sense of awe one feels when one looks at a work of a genius.
Genius artist? ‘But the guy makes things out of cardboard and glue,’ you might say ‘even a third grade school kid can do that.’
But Chris Gilmour is different. One look at his works will dispel any thoughts of him being a juvenile. As I said before he make things out of cardboard and glue; and there is no supporting structure, no wooden or metal frame. His cardboard models are all based on objects we have all experienced first hand – a typewriter, a car, a bicycle, a wheelchair.
It is not just reproducing these objects. It is a process of deconstruction, followed by the construction. He visualizes ‘breaking’ the object to the minutest level and then builds it again, piece by piece. Almost like drawing a picture on paper with a pencil.
Gilmour’s work gives us an understanding that lets us see everyday reality with new awareness and appreciation. Truly his work is sublime genius and art.
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