Ken Gill 1956-2010

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Ken Gill, who died in Glasgow at the age of 54, was a founder member of the Basement Group and then Projects UK, organisations significant in the development of time-based and site-specific art practice in the UK. A Fine Art student at Newcastle Polytechnic who 'couldn't draw' but was into 'happenings, film and video', he was instrumental in bringing together the six artists who ran the Basement Group co-operatively from 1979 to 1984, exhibiting their own work and that of 230 artists from the UK, Europe and the US, including Mona Hatoum, Stuart Brisley, Bruce McLean, Marc Camille Chaimowicz and Eric Bogosian. Gill's passionate engagement with new art practice was combined with an amused impatience for its pretensions and limitations, often expressed in what Performance Magazine described as the 'sardonic melancholy' of his own live--extremely funny--work where, for instance, he stood on a ladder every day for a week writing his every thought in the form of a giant wave on the wall of the Arnolfini Gallery in Seven Bore, 1981, and struck military and religious poses in My Life Is Dull, I come from Hull, Paris, 1982. …