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Piero Golia

Still Life

June 15–July 31, 2020
Britannia Street, London

Installation view Artwork © Piero Golia. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view

Artwork © Piero Golia. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view with Piero Golia, Still Life (Lithograph) (2020) Artwork © Piero Golia. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view with Piero Golia, Still Life (Lithograph) (2020)

Artwork © Piero Golia. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view Artwork © Piero Golia. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view

Artwork © Piero Golia. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view Artwork © Piero Golia. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view

Artwork © Piero Golia. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view with Piero Golia, Still Life (Ikebana) (2020) Artwork © Piero Golia. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view with Piero Golia, Still Life (Ikebana) (2020)

Artwork © Piero Golia. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view Artwork © Piero Golia. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view

Artwork © Piero Golia. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view Artwork © Piero Golia. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view

Artwork © Piero Golia. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view with Piero Golia, Still Life (Tulip) (2019) Artwork © Piero Golia. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view with Piero Golia, Still Life (Tulip) (2019)

Artwork © Piero Golia. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view Artwork © Piero Golia. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view

Artwork © Piero Golia. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view Artwork © Piero Golia. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view

Artwork © Piero Golia. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view Artwork © Piero Golia. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view

Artwork © Piero Golia. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view with Piero Golia, Still Life (Rotating device) (2019) Artwork © Piero Golia. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view with Piero Golia, Still Life (Rotating device) (2019)

Artwork © Piero Golia. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view with Piero Golia, Still Life (Rotating device) (2019; detail) Artwork © Piero Golia. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view with Piero Golia, Still Life (Rotating device) (2019; detail)

Artwork © Piero Golia. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view with Piero Golia, Still Life (Lightning) (2019) Artwork © Piero Golia. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view with Piero Golia, Still Life (Lightning) (2019)

Artwork © Piero Golia. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Works Exhibited

Piero Golia, Still Life (Rotating device), 2019 Decommissioned roulette wheel, motor, and marble, 38 × 64 × 64 inches (96.5 × 162.6 × 162.6 cm)© Piero Golia. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Piero Golia, Still Life (Rotating device), 2019

Decommissioned roulette wheel, motor, and marble, 38 × 64 × 64 inches (96.5 × 162.6 × 162.6 cm)
© Piero Golia. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Piero Golia, Still Life (Tulip), 2019 Tulip, vase, air compressor, solenoid valve, digital timer, and pedestal, 49 ½ × 8 × 8 inches (125.7 × 20.3 × 20.3 cm)© Piero Golia. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Piero Golia, Still Life (Tulip), 2019

Tulip, vase, air compressor, solenoid valve, digital timer, and pedestal, 49 ½ × 8 × 8 inches (125.7 × 20.3 × 20.3 cm)
© Piero Golia. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Piero Golia, Still Life (Lightning), 2019 (still) 35mm film (color, silent, 1 min. 57 sec.) and projector, overall dimensions variable, edition of 3 + 1 AP; photography: Martin Lisius, StormStock© Piero Golia

Piero Golia, Still Life (Lightning), 2019 (still)

35mm film (color, silent, 1 min. 57 sec.) and projector, overall dimensions variable, edition of 3 + 1 AP; photography: Martin Lisius, StormStock
© Piero Golia

Piero Golia, Still Life (Ikebana), 2020 Wood, mushrooms, and marble, dimensions variable© Piero Golia. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Piero Golia, Still Life (Ikebana), 2020

Wood, mushrooms, and marble, dimensions variable
© Piero Golia. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Piero Golia, Still Life (Lithograph), 2020 Lithograph on Somerset paper, 39 ⅜ × 27 ⅝ inches (100 × 70 cm), edition of 10 + 2 AP© Piero Golia. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Piero Golia, Still Life (Lithograph), 2020

Lithograph on Somerset paper, 39 ⅜ × 27 ⅝ inches (100 × 70 cm), edition of 10 + 2 AP
© Piero Golia. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

About

People always think I’m joking. But I am a serious man. 
—Piero Golia

Gagosian is pleased to present an exhibition by Piero Golia.

Golia is a sculptor of situations. His works—at times architecturally scaled, at others elusive or immaterial—are statements aimed at expanding the boundaries of art. His practice is heterogeneous and unpredictable, employing diverse mediums and methods to spark chain reactions that, even when they leave no objects or images behind, have the capacity to alter our perception.

In 2003, after his involvement in a car accident that threw him into debt, Golia took the remains of his 1984 Saab, melted them down, and recast them into a glossy black unicorn. Five years later, he responded to the standardized format of the art-fair booth by compressing a 10-meter-long passenger bus into the 6-meter width of the assigned space, filling it completely. In 2010, he installed a sculpture atop the roof of the Standard Hotel on Sunset Boulevard—a mysterious orb, Luminous Sphere, which lit up whenever he was in town.

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Piero Golia, Still Life (Rotating device), 2019 © Piero Golia

Tour

Piero Golia
Still Life

Monday, July 6, 2020, 12pm EDT

Join Gagosian for a virtual tour of Piero Golia: Still Life, an exhibition on view at Gagosian, Britannia Street, London, through July 31. The Los Angeles–based artist will speak online with Berlin-based artist Jonathan Monk about the surreal “sculptural happening” Golia has engineered but will never see in person due to restrictions on international travel during the pandemic. To watch the live conversation, register at zoom.us.

Piero Golia, Still Life (Rotating device), 2019 © Piero Golia