Shown in two parts, the exhibition focused on Wallinger’s id Paintings (2015/16), then his most recent body of work – an ambitious series of large-scale Rorschach blot-like images created entirely by the artist’s hands. To make the works he used both hands simultaneously, the left mirroring the right, creating symmetry through his gesture. In making these works he has moved his focus from, as he says, “painting ‘I’s to ‘I paint’” – or from image to action.
Alongside these paintings, there was a selection of Wallinger's films, sculpture and wall-based work, exploring themes of circularity, symmetry and psychoanalysis that recur throughout his work. Orbits and rotation also featured strongly, inviting viewers to consider their own relationships to space and time.
Some of the work on show included Orrery (2016); a new video work featuring the New Fairlop Oak in the centre of the Fullwell Cross roundabout in East London which Wallinger drove around filming throughout the year, each screen depicting a different season while the oak appears to revolve with the stillness of the camera frame. It also included an installation of a life-sized police phonebox, Time and Relative Dimensions in Space (2001) which is completely mirrored and appears to disappear as it reflects its surroundings.
MARK WALLINGER MARK was a collaboration between Serlachius Museums, Mänttä, The Fruitmarket Gallery and Dundee Contemporary Arts. A book was published to accompany these exhibitions, introducing Mark Wallinger’s most recent body of work, the monumental id Paintings (2015/16). It is available to buy through DCA Shop.
About the artist
Wallinger (b.1959) has exhibited widely since 1983. He studied in London at the Chelsea School of Art (1978-81) and Goldsmiths College (1983-85). He represented Britain at the Venice Biennale in 2001 and won the Turner Prize in 2007. His work is part of numerous leading international collections including Tate, London; MoMA, New York; and Centre Pompidou, Paris. He is represented by Hauser & Wirth, and lives and works in London.