Soft Furnishing offers us a way of exploring the decorative as aesthetic category through a playful approach to paintings that both depict and perform interior design. Aware of the inclination toward despondency and passivity coupled to postmodern conceptions of surface and simulacra, Hillman’s work seeks to posit a reparative and engaging relation with contemporary painting by playing, here, with softness and signifiers of comfort in a way that’s neither snide nor reverential. Rather, he re-instates a joy in the material, interested not only in ‘the reality of the viewer that confronts the object, but also the reality of that object confronting the viewer’.
Soft Furnishing, solo show by James Hillman
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