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).
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.
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
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
Chilver, John. 2018. The discursive array: Towards a politics of painting as time–space production. Journal of Contemporary Painting, 4(1), pp. 81-101. ISSN 2052-6695
Chilver, John. 2016. Reivew of Bridget Riley, The Curve Paintings 1961-2014. Journal of Contemporary Painting, 2(2), pp. 318-321. ISSN 2052-6695
Chilver, John and Slotawa, Florian. 2008. Contingency and the Paradox of Composition: Florian Slotawa. Art Papers, 32(5), pp. 32-37. ISSN 1524-9581
Chilver, John. 2004. René Daniëls: with Respect to Disrespect : with Respect to Disrespect. Afterall, 10, pp. 47-53. ISSN 14654253
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.
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.
Conference or Workshop Item
Chilver, John and Rosamond, Emily. 2018. 'John Chilver in conversation with Emily Rosamond'. In: John Chilver in conversation with Emily Rosamond. Xero, Kline and Coma, London, United Kingdom 22 July, 2018.
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.
Chilver, John. 2005. Gestural Ethics: Consequences of the Mark in Contemporary Painting. Doctoral thesis, Goldsmiths, University of London