Dr John Chilver

Staff details

PositionLecturer in Fine Art
Department Art
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Phone+44 (0)20 7717 2217
Dr John Chilver

The pre-occupations of my artwork and writing coalesce around problems of agency. These direct me first to philosophies of the event and questions of how the new appears at all; and second, to a consideration of specific contemporary contingencies: [1] the commodification of dissent/critique; [2] the ontological violence of dis-incarnation instituted by networks; [3] the composing of space as placelessness. Given [1], any artwork of critical ambition is liable to be short-circuited. Hence received understandings of the force of critique need re-thinking. My artwork operates mostly as para-painting. In various guises, it entertains an obsession with line and its modalities: [1] as corridor, path, thread, vector; [2] as bar, limb, stump; [3] as edge; [4] as axis; [5] as cut. These then enable the works to generate semantic modalities such as connectedness/ separateness, movement/ simultaneity, containment/ non-containment, which in turn offer a means of addressing contingencies [2] and [3].

Presentations and exhibitions

Selected solo exhibitions

Keith Talent Gallery, London

Casey Kaplan, New York
Il Capricorno, Venice
Asprey Jacques, London
Galerie Michael Janssen, Cologne
Morrison Judd, London

Use & Mention, Stephen Lawrence Gallery, University of Greenwich,   
Dawnbreakers, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton
Standard Candles, Vulpes Vulpes, London
Terminator, Camberwell Space, London
Now: Art of the 21st Century, Phillips de Pury, London

Verdunklung/Darkening, Kunstlerhaus, Stuttgart
Invisible Beauty, Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin
Tonight, Studio Voltaire, London
Godzilla, Trailer, London
Some Things We Like, Asprey Jacques, London
Sammeln Müssen, Halle für Kunst, Luneburg
Landscape, The Saatchi Gallery, London
Per Saldo, Noordbrabants Museum, s-Hertogenbosch
Kerstin Kartscher & John Chilver,
Nomadenoase, Golden Pudels Club, Hamburg
Painting as a Foreign Language,
Centro Britannico Brasileiro, Sao Paulo
Tattoo Show, Modern Art, London
The Wedding Show, Casey Kaplan, New York
For Once Then Something, Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh
00 - Drawings 2000, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York
Paintings, Sies and Höke, Düsseldorf
Wooden Heart, AVCO, London
blackandwhite.color.3D, Gio Marconi, Milan
Zauberhaft, Waldschlösschen, Dresden
A Mountain and A Valley, Cubbit, London
Surfacing, ICA, London



Felix Vallotton: Genres and Shallow Waters
Chilver, John and Vallotton, Felix. 2009. Felix Vallotton: Genres and Shallow Waters. Turps Banana, 7, pp. 28-35. ISSN 1749-3994 [Article]

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 [Article]

Displacements of Shadow
Chilver, John . 2007. Displacements of Shadow. Art Papers, 31(1), pp. 36-41. ISSN 15249581 [Article]

'Group and Gang: The Absent Collective'
Chilver, John . 2006. 'Group and Gang: The Absent Collective'. Afterall, [Article]

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 [Article]

'Vertical Acceleration'
Chilver, John . 2004. 'Vertical Acceleration'. Starship , 6, [Article]

'James Rosenquist'
Chilver, John . 2004. 'James Rosenquist'. Untitled, 32, p. 70. [Article]

Book section

Painting and Its Strata: Sub, Super, etc.
Chilver, John . 2008. Painting and Its Strata: Sub, Super, etc. In: , ed. Superstratum. Antwerp: Koraalberg Gallery, pp. 3-5. ISBN 9789079874002 [Book Section]

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 [Book Section]

'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. [Book Section]

'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 [Book Section]

Conference or Workshop Item

Miss the Start, Miss the End
Chilver, John . 2010. 'Miss the Start, Miss the End'. In: Space, Time and the Image. APT Gallery, London, United Kingdom 14 May 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. [Conference or Workshop Item]


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 . [Show/Exhibition]

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. [Show/Exhibition]

Standard Candles
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. [Show/Exhibition]

John Chilver
Chilver, John . 2009. John Chilver. In: "John Chilver", Keith Talent Gallery, London , United Kingdom, 17 June - 1 Aug 2009. [Show/Exhibition]

Chilver, John . 2002. Landscape. In: "Landscape", The Saatchi Gallery, 2/22/2002 - 5/17/2002. [Show/Exhibition]

John Chilver
Chilver, John . 2001. John Chilver. In: "John Chilver", Casey Kaplan, New York, 9/7/2001 - 10/10/2001. [Show/Exhibition]