Three films, each focussing on a different man, are being screened in a sixth solo exhibition of TJ Wilcox at the Sadie Coles HQ. The exhibition as a whole is titled ‘Gentlemen,’ and runs in London until October 28, 2017.
This exhibition presents three films by Wilcox, two of his latest works and one from his earlier creations; each acts as a portrait of a man. ‘Fergus’ (2017) shows famous British chef and restaurateur Fergus Henderson’s personal world as well as professional career through an interview in the background of the island of Tiree in Inner Hebrides, a childhood sanctuary. In the interview, Henderson expresses how a fickle thing like food affects every aspect of his life, through vivid description of various dishes, especially the “little pile of bone marrow” that has become his signature, and “a cheek of pig’s head braised like an alligator in a swamp.” ‘Johnny’ (2017) shows the life of John Reinhold, a New York jeweller and one of the connoisseurs of the city’s art scene from the 1970s, through prolonged telephonic interviews of Reinhold and his friends. “He’s a dear friend of mine, a true New Yorker,” Wilcox comments, “but he’s somebody whose life was spent in, what I would say now is understood as, the most iconic, creatively fertile time in New York City.” ‘Stephen Tennant Homage’ (1998) is about British socialite and aesthete Stephen Tennant (1906-1987), which is depicted by his great-niece model Stella Tennant.
TJ Wilcox was born in 1965 in Seattle, and lives and works in New York. He was awarded BFA in 1989 from School of Visual Arts in New York and MFA in 1995 from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. His solo exhibitions were held in various museums in the US, Ireland, Amsterdam, Cologne, and London.
“Gentlemen” is being presented through October 28, 2017 at Sadie Coles HQ, 1 Davies Street, London.
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