David Kordansky Gallery is pleased to invite you to a virtual conversation with artists Tobias Pils and Michael Williams in conjunction with Pils’s solo presentation at the Frieze New York 2021 Edition of Frieze Viewing Room. The conversation will take place on Thursday, May 6 at 11am PT / 2 PM ET / 8 PM CET. To attend the virtual talk (which will feature live closed captioning), CLICK HERE to register (must open window for link to be revealed.
Pils and Williams will discuss The Islands, Pils’s new body of paintings and drawings featured in his solo presentation. The Islands are the result of significant changes in Pils’s working methods and constitute the beginning of a major new addition to his material and visual vocabularies. Like all of his work to date, these paintings have been rendered in black, white, and shades of grey. But while Pils has previously painted on the floor—leaving the fronts of his surfaces unprimed—here, he has painted vertically on primed and stretched canvas supported by a large easel. Compositionally, the paintings comprising The Islands are filled with scenes of creatures, humanoid and otherwise, that occupy their own delimited terrains—unique islands of vision and circumstance on which particular laws of nature and states of mind reign supreme.