°1985, Utrecht (NL) - lives and works in Brussels (BE)
The practice of Gijs Milius covers drawings and paintings, as well as video, temporary installations, and audio works. Many of his works focus on meeting and exchanging ideas, although the final form of the work can be very diverse. In 2015, Gijs Milius made a series of large portraits of people with whom he regularly exchanges ideas about his own work. In 2016, he set up an intervention in the basement of the Brussels art space Etablissement d’en Face, where he presented six ceramic ashtrays – each with its own user. The six – paid – smokers worked in shifts so that during the two-day performance at least three people were present to sit, talk and smoke.
Milius is also particularly interested in the interaction between a figure and its surroundings. This interaction could take the form of our daily relationship to our city, as well as being a spectator in an exhibition space, or the characters in his works and the imaginary space in which they find themselves. This idea again results in very diverse works, ranging from temporary installations in the urban public space, to strange sculptures in exhibition contexts, to drawings in oil pastels of landscapes and chambers – sometimes featuring characters who seem to be painfully aware of the unnatural nature of their surroundings. Indeed, although these drawings are particularly attractive in their use of colour and formal visual language, they always radiate a certain unease. There seems to be some undefined twist that inevitably makes the spectator uncomfortable.
Gijs Milius – Chambre avec chaise sans spectateur, 2017
Gijs Milius – Le polonais, 2018
Gijs Milius – Les Curatrices, 2020
Gijs Milius – De binnenstebuitenarchitect, 2018
Gijs Milius – Nuages, 2018
Gijs Milius – Le long des raduses, exhibition view at Bastide Projects, Marseille in 2018 (Photo by D. Giancatarina)
Gijs Milius – Untitled, 2017
Gijs Milius – Op z’n Antwerps, installation view at Gaudel de Stampa, Paris in 2018
Gijs Milius – Facts and Life, exhibition view at Gaudel de Stampa, Paris, 2017
Gijs Milius – Der Kampf der Kinder (Photo by Simon Vogel)
Gijs Milius has had solo exhibitions at Dortmunder Kunstverein; Gaudel de Stampa, Paris; Catherine Bastide, Marseille; Mieke van Schaijk, Hertogenbosch; and Etablissement d’en Face, Brussels. Group shows include Guimarães, Vienna; Van Nelle Fabriek, Rotterdam; Espace 251 Nord, Liege; and Charlama contemporary, Sarajevo.
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