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Trish Tillman’s large modular wall works are comprised of hand shaped wood pieces, padded and upholstered in vinyl and leather. Bold formal concerns of color, shape and symmetry give way to more subtle and intimate references, the pieces evoking the body, diner and club interiors, handbags, and recollections of vintage decor from a grandparent’s home. Minimal accents like zippers, rings, and tabs hint at movement and disquieting glimpses of fetish. The sculptures have a totemic quality, conjuring their own secret language and mixing the appearance of manufactured slickness with personal history.

Trish Tillman was born in Chicago and lives and works in New York. She received an MFA from School of Visual Arts and a BFA from James Madison University. Tillman has had exhibitions at Techne Arts Center, Oceanside, CA; Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, IL; University of Tennessee Downtown Gallery, Knoxville, TN; The Arlington Arts Center, VA; Visual Arts Center of Richmond, VA; Hilde L.A., Los Angeles, CA; Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Philadelphia, PA; CYDONIA, Fort Worth, TX; Real Tinsel, Milwaukee, WI; Fireplace Project, East Hampton, NY; Present Company, New York, NY; Cindy Rucker Gallery, New York, NY; Regina Rex, New York, NY; Emerson Dorsch, Miami, FL; Civilian Art Projects, Washington, DC; and Elephant Art Space, Los Angeles, CA; among others. Press includes Artforum, The Washington Post, Cultured Magazine, Sculpture Magazine, The Observer, Art F City, Vogue, Elephant Magazine, Juxtapoz Magazine, Art Spiel, and R Home Magazine. Residencies include the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, VA; Kala Chaupal Festival at Diggi Palace, Jaipur, India; and the Fountainhead Residency, Miami, FL. Tillman was a recipient of the 2019 Hopper Prize.

Sculpture by Trish Tillman

Trish Tillman

Moored--Shift Colors, 2019

Vinyl, vegan leather, chain, hardware, plaster, acrylic, wood, foam

64h x 52w x 2d in
162.56h x 132.08w x 5.08d cm

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Sculpture by Trish Tillman

Trish Tillman

Beach Babe Boardwalk, 2019

Hand-printed and embroidered vinyl, wood, metal studs, foam, upholstery tacks

56h x 48w x 2d in
142.24h x 121.92w x 5.08d cm

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Sculpture by Trish Tillman

Trish Tillman

For Keeps, 2019

Hand-printed vinyl, vegan leather, fabric, wood, foam, webbing, drawer handle, hardware, space buttons

61h x 26w x 2d in
154.94h x 66.04w x 5.08d cm

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Sculpture by Trish Tillman

Trish Tillman

Southern Exposure, 2019

Hand-printed vinyl, vegan leather, chain, zipper, hardware, upholstery tacks, wood, foam

60h x 45w x 1.50d in
152.40h x 114.30w x 3.81d cm

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Sculpture by Trish Tillman

Trish Tillman

First Mate, 2019

Hand-printed vegan leather, vinyl, chain, hardware, wood, foam

39.50h x 37w x 1.50d in
100.33h x 93.98w x 3.81d cm

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Sculpture by Trish Tillman

Trish Tillman

On Liberty, 2019

Embroidered and tufted vinyl, metal studs, wood, foam

62h x 45.50w x 1.50d in
157.48h x 115.57w x 3.81d cm

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Vinyl wall sculpture by Trish Tillman

 

Standard Issue, 2018

Vinyl, screen printed fabric, hardware, wood, foam

32h x 20w x 1d in | 81.28h x 50.80w x 2.54d cm

 

Sculpture by Trish Tillman

Trish Tillman

Reissue, 2018

Vinyl, screen printed fabric, hardware, wood, foam

39h x 20w x 1d in
99.06h x 50.80w x 2.54d cm

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Vinyl wall sculpture by Trish Tillman

 

Vestige, 2018

Vinyl, fabric, wood, horsehair, hardware

70h x 62w x 2d in | 177.80h x 157.48w x 5.08d cm

Sculpture by Trish Tillman

Trish Tillman

Power Pose, 2019

Hand-printed and embroidered vinyl, vegan leather, wood, hardware, foam

48h x 36w x 2d in
121.92h x 91.44w x 5.08d cm

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Vinyl wall sculpture by Trish Tillman

 

Spare Room, 2018

Vinyl, fabric, hardware, wood, foam

56h x 28w x 3d in | 142.24h x 71.12w x 7.62d cm

Vinyl wall sculpture by Trish Tillman

 

In Aspect, 2017

Vinyl, leather, wood, chrome fittings, chain

42h x 18w x 2d in | 106.5 x 46 x 5 cm