An online discussion between artists Rory Pilgrim and Sands Murray-Wassink. In this event, the artists discuss Murray-Wassink’s new exhibition I am not American (I love Adrian, I miss Carolee, I follow Hannah) at Auto Italia, and explore a number of key works within his archive of paintings, drawings and studio ephemera produced between 1993-2021.
Sands Murray-Wassink (b. 1974, Topeka, Kansas) is a Dutch-American painter, body artist, writer and perfume collector based in Amsterdam. Recent presentations include Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam (2021), mistral, Amsterdam (2021), Azkuna Zentroa, Bilbao (2021), Stroom Den Haag (2019), La Casa de Barro, Amsterdam (2017), W139, Amsterdam (2015), Kunstinstituut Melly, Rotterdam (2013), Cokkie Snoei Galerie, Rotterdam (2012), Robert Miller Gallery, New York (2011), A.I.R. Gallery, New York (2010), Montehermoso Kulturunea, Vitoria-Gastei (2010) and MAK Museum, Vienna (2007) amongst others.
Rory Pilgrim (b. 1988, Bristol) works in a wide range of media including songwriting, composing music, film, music video, text, drawing and live performances. Centred on emancipatory concerns, Pilgrim aims to challenge the nature of how we come together, speak, listen and strive for social change through sharing and voicing personal experience. Strongly influenced by the origins of activist, feminist and socially engaged art, Pilgrim works with others through a different methods of dialogue, collaboration and workshops. In an age of increasing technological interaction, Rory’s work creates connections between activism, spirituality, music and how we form community locally and globally from both beyond and behind our screens. Solo Shows include: Between Bridges, Berlin (2019) Andriesse-Eyck Gallery, Amsterdam NL (2018), South London Gallery (2018), Rowing, London (2017), Plymouth Art Centre, Plymouth (2017), Flat Time House, London (2016), Site Gallery, Sheffield (2016) and sic! Raum für Kunst, Luzern CH (2014). In 2019, Pilgrim was the winner of the Prix de Rome.