Void Gallery is pleased to present the first Irish solo exhibition of British Artist Mark Wallinger. Among many achievements of a remarkable career spanning three decades, Wallinger represented Britain at the Venice Biennale in 2001 and was awarded the Turner Prize in 2007 for his installation, State Britain, described in Artforum magazine as âone of the most remarkable political works of art ever'. Wallinger's sculpture Ecce Homo was the first project chosen for the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square in 1999.
For his exhibition in Void, Derry, Wallinger will show a number of paintings from an ongoing series of Self Portraits. Also included is his feature length video installation, Construction Site (2012) and Shadow Walker, another recent video work. The works demonstrate Wallinger's ability as an interlocutor between the everyday and the intangible, with an eye for the overlooked, and an astute philosophy addressing relationships between the micro and macro/ politics and art. Each body of work presents the viewer with a conundrum questioning how we categorise and understand the world we live in, offering observations, not answers. Wallinger encourages the viewer to look for the sublime in our contemporary existence, drawing upon a dichotomy between nature and culture he instigates a self-reflexive pause amidst a modern spectacle of chaos. Exhibiting in Derry, at a time when a city attempts to ârewrite its history', publicly through a cultural agenda, Wallinger's approach to art-making and its critique of identity and self becomes particularly apt.
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