Imants Tillers: Journey to Nowhere
Elita Ansone, Graham Coulter-Smith, Mark Ledbury, Ian McLean, Imants Tillers
Displacement, diaspora and an awareness of the complex weave of cultures marks all Tillers’ work, from his experiments with installation in the 1970s and trailblazing appropriations in the 1980s to his multi-board paintings that now number 108,224.
Texts by Elita Ansone, Graham Coulter-Smith, Mark Ledbury, Ian McLean and Tillers himself to trace the artist’s career through his physical, collaborative and philosophical journeys. The work crosses vast physical, metaphysical and mytho-poetic terrain, and the authors find themselves in Karosta, Papunya, Cooma and many distant art-historical shores along the way. From this complex odyssey emerges a distinct and creative vision, that of a visual philosopher who identifies as an outsider in the city of his birth and visitor in his homeland.