John Chilver's artwork and writing coalesce around problems of agency. These problems lead him to philosophies of the event and questions of how 'the new' appears at all.
He gives consideration to specific contemporary contingencies in his work, including the commodification of dissent/critique; the ontological violence of dis-incarnation instituted by networks; and the composing of space as placelessness.
John's artwork operates mostly as para-painting. In various guises, it entertains an obsession with line and its modalities: as corridor, path, thread, vector; as bar, limb, stump; as edge; as axis; as cut. These then enable the works to generate semantic modalities such as connectedness/ separateness, movement/ simultaneity, and containment/ non-containment.
John's work has been featured in solo exhibitions in London, New York and Venice, and in group exhibitions around the world, including the Tattoo Show in London (2001) and the Wedding Show in New York (2001).
If Display Becomes Materiality
Chilver, John. 2012. If Display Becomes Materiality. In: Edward Whittaker and Alex Landrum, eds. Painting With Architecture in Mind. Bath, UK: Wunderkammer Press, pp. 113-134. ISBN 978-0-9566462-1-7
Morandi with Heidegger
Chilver, John. 2007. Morandi with Heidegger. In: E Whittaker and A Landrum, eds. Nonsite to Celebration Park: Essays on Art and the Politics of Space. Bath: Bath Spa University , pp. 85-100. ISBN 9781905200726
'On Disappearance & Display'
Chilver, John; Graw, Isabelle; Haverkost, Eberhard; Baer, Monika and Reski, Gunter. 2007. 'On Disappearance & Display'. In: , ed. The Worst & The Best: Yearbook 2007/2008. Oslo: KHIO/National Academy of Fine Arts Oslo, pp. 21-23.
'On DJ Simpson', a dialogue with Dave Beech
Chilver, John. 1999. 'On DJ Simpson', a dialogue with Dave Beech. In: Shahin Alfrassiabi, ed. Beck's Futures 2001 (Art Catalogue). University of Pennsylvania,Institute of Contemporary Art. ISBN 978-1900300315
Contingency and the Paradox of Composition: Florian Slotawa
Chilver, John and Slotawa, Florian. 2008. Contingency and the Paradox of Composition: Florian Slotawa. Art Papers, 32(5), pp. 32-37. ISSN 1524-9581
René Daniëls: with Respect to Disrespect : with Respect to Disrespect
Chilver, John. 2004. René Daniëls: with Respect to Disrespect : with Respect to Disrespect. Afterall, 10, pp. 47-53. ISSN 14654253
Parts and Labour (3 Hours Minimum Wage)
Chilver, John; Lowe, Brighid; Capaldi, Leah; Chaimowicz, Marc Camille; Jeffery, Charlie; Jones, Gareth; Pedraglio, Francesco; Piper, Adrian; Schmuecker, Martina; Slotawa, Florian; Staton, Sarah and Wentworth, Richard. 2012. Parts and Labour (3 Hours Minimum Wage). In: "Parts and Labour (3 Hours Minimum Wage)", Camberwell Space, London, United Kingdom, 1/5/2012-26/5/2012.
Bauer, Diann; Chilver, John; Claxton, Ruth; Dale, Tom; Dawes, Nick; Dawood, Shezad; Gough, Stewart; Herbert, Samuel; Hibbs, Justin; Hopkins, James; Hughs Watts, Julian; Jones, Zebedee; Monroe, Ian; Ritson, Boo; Sanders-Dunnachie, Angus; Smith, Kevin; Richardson, Pamela; Stark, John; Wathen, Richard; White, James; Woolls, Leon; Zakiewicz, Neil and Bolivar, Juan. 2010. Dawnbreakers. In: "Dawnbreakers", John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, United Kingdom, 27 April - 12 June 2010 .
Use and Mention
Chilver, John; Afrassiabi, Shahin; Ash, Jesse; Bauer, Diann; Bedwell, Simon A.; Billy, Vanessa; Bolivar, Juan; Burton, Adam; Carneiro da Cunha, Tiago; Coleman and Hogarth, Kim and Jenny; Cumberland, Stuart; Dany, Hans-Christian; Frearson, Annabel; Freee, Freee; Ghazi, Babak; Ghosts Eat Mirrors, Ghosts Eat Mirrors; Glogan, Jeremy; Gottelier, Luke; Gruenfeld, Thomas; Hemsworth, Gerard; Higashionna, Yuichi; Holmes, Emma; Jones, Gareth; Kartscher, Kerstin; Kollectiv, Pil and Galia; Lowe, Brigrid; Macuga, Goshka; Makh, Ellen; Pettitt, Daniel; Reski, Gunter; Rosler, Martha; Schultze, Michael; Sill, Heidi; Simpson, D. J.; Strange, Jack; Stubbs, Michael; Timberlake, John; Verzutti, Erika; Vinitsky, Yonatan and Wright, Carla. 2010. Use and Mention. In: "Use and Mention", Stephen Lawrence Gallery, University of Greenwich, London, United Kingdom, 26 Jan - 26 Feb 2010.
Chilver, John; Bedwell, Simon A.; Reski, Gunter and Vinitsky, Yonatan. 2010. Standard Candles. In: "Standard Candles", Vulpes Vulpes, London, United Kingdom, 31 March - 25 April 2010.
Conference or Workshop Item
'Painting as a Technology'
Chilver, John; Malik, Suhail; Harris, Jane; Stubbs, Michael; Cooke, Nigel and Brown, Glenn. 2004. ''Painting as a Technology''. In: ‘Painting, Specifically’. Serpentine Gallery, London, United Kingdom.