Shown in two parts, the exhibition focuses on Wallinger’s id Paintings (2015/16), 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 will be 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 feature strongly, inviting viewers to consider their own relationships to space and time.
Some of the work on show includes 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 includes 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.