Jason Gillingham will be participating in a Unis Vert L'Art exhibition at Livart galerie in Montréal from April 24 - May 1st, 2018. He will be exposing new works incorporating woven sterling silver. All are welcome.
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He was born in Calgary Alberta in 1974. He attended Concordia University as a sculpture major in 2000-2001 and has lived in Montréal, maintaining a studio there, since.
There were two solo exhibitions of his metal found object weavings in 2016. In the spring Monastiraki Gallery in Montréal hosted his show Radius and in the summer his show Fabrical inaugurated Gallery U in Edmonton. In late August 2016 Jason participated in a residency at Verksmiðjan á Hjalteyri, in Iceland, weaving the factory remains. One of his weavings, Through Grace and a copy of Contextual Workings: Documented, 2010 were auctioned at the Fondation de l'Hôpital général du Lakeshore's annual benefit ball 2016.
He showed his weavings in Rover Art's 2011 fundraiser. In 2012 le Château Frontenac in Quebec City hosted a group show to which he contributed a series of weavings repurposing the Château's old copper roof. In 2014 he exposed in group shows at both Galerie Luz and the Long Hall in Montréal and returned to show a second time in both galleries again in 2015. Several weavings were included in a group show in Vancouver's Ayden gallery in 2015. He showed a weaving in a group exhibition at the Art Lounge Montréal 2016.
Two of his art books, Thus, 2007 and Contextual Workings: Documented, 2010 can be found on permanent collection at The Médiatheque of the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal. Both books explore his work with experimental text, sign, meaning and photography. This practice has continued onto the surfaces of his weavings. Impressing text into the metals, stamping out words, exploring relationships between material and mentations.
His audio work sprung from those word explorations. Using both tape and digital recordings, collecting and combining contexts and multiplicities of meaning and significance. He aired numerous solo soundscapes on CKUT radio in Montréal from 2009-2016 and has been a guest there on a number of other occasions. He has participated in various collaborative performances. Autotopography, Razielle Aigen's installation at les Territoires Galerie Montréal in 2011, was accompanied by one of his soundscapes. In 2016 Gillingham participated in an Island Frequencies Montréal event, performing live electronics as part of Transmissions, a collaboration with Stefan Christoff and Marco Simonsen-Sereda.
His project with Will Austin, where he plays various electronics, weaving myriad voice samples, drones and beats performed during a Noisundaeee event at Montréal's la Plante in 2015. They opened for Holy Circle and Ylang Ylang at la Vitola hosted by Suoni Per Il Popolo in 2017. During this show they accompanied their audio performance with a collaborative video projection. Here he reincorporated text, bringing his word work to film, at times almost transcribing the audio and others contrasting disparate pockets of meaning.
Most recently Gillingham played with Austin and Brandon Lim during one of Will's nights at Orchard Bar in Toronto in September 2017.
Vio lence / late / 2014
Woven found objects, copper, steel, barbed wire, wood, trees, saw blades, chains, shovels, tree branches, hinges, aluminum conduit,
sheet steel, small piece of text lifted with transparent tape, text impressions
suspended from the ceiling with a 1 ton chainblock.
The copper (green) used in this and other works was originally part of the roof of Le Château Frontenac in Quebec City, Quebec and was gifted to the arts to repurpose said old roof during renovations in 2010/11.