R.L. Tillman: Life During Wartime - Opening Reception

R.L. Tillman: Life During Waritme will be presented at Goucher College’s Rosenberg Gallery from from October 17, 2022, to February 3, 2023. Artist Reception will be held Thursday, November 3, 2022, from 6-8 p.m. in the Rosenberg Gallery. 



Goucher is pleased to present R.L. Tillman: Life During Wartime, an exhibition of new, text-based print works that draw a parallel between World War I-era signage and social media engagement. In his minimal, text-based screen-prints, R.L. Tillman explores the prevalence of superficial, commodifying appraisals that are typical of Instagram and Facebook commentary. Presented in grids and clusters similar to wheat-pasted marketing campaigns, the repeated, disembodied proclamations create a jarring experience of omnipresent consumerism and valuation, often supplied by an obscured or anonymous source. Registering participation or presence with one-word comments has become normative, eroding more formal investigations and dialogues around everything from art to relationships. Seen together in their large groupings, Tillman’s works remind viewers that identity, success, and self-worth are caught up in a capitalistic conveyor belt of algorithms and hasty, disposable opinions that pull at the strings of social stability. This ain’t no party, this ain’t no disco, this ain’t no fooling around.

Presented alongside We Care: Works by Corita Kent, Tillman’s Life During Wartime reexamines the language of advertising, clocking a sharp crescendo in its prevalence and art’s power to reveal new messages in familiar text.


Thursday, November 3, 2022 to 8:00pm

Rosenberg Gallery
1021 Dulaney Valley Rd, Towson, MD 21204, USA

Event Type

Art, Public


Academic, Art & Art History






#Artist Reception, Printmaking, R.L.Tillman

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