Richard Wilson - Force Quit

Richard Wilson is one of Britainís most inventive sculptors. Drawing inspiration from the worlds of engineering and construction he transforms architectural space and objects on a grand scale. Whether flooding gallery spaces with reflective sump oil, crushing planes then unfurling them by hand or creating a form of architectural ballet by causing a large section of a derelict building to gracefully revolve, Wilson unsettles our environment and challenges our perception of how buildings and machines should function in a compelling sculptural choreography.

Wilsonís first exhibition with WORKS|PROJECTS provides a unique occasion to explore the development of Wilsonís recent landmark works through the artistís preparatory works. Force Quit features the artistís drawings and models from significant projects largely from the past 4 years. This will include works detailing the development of his most famous work 20:50, a room half-filled with highly reflective sump oil to create a disorientating symmetrical plane, which is considered to be one of defining works of installation art. The exhibition will feature rare drawings and models from the workís original incarnation at Mattís Gallery in 1987 together with drawings documenting 20:50ís most recent incarnation at the Red Jail, Sulaymanyah, Iraq, 2009.

The exhibition also includes preparatory works for 18 Holes, Wilsonís witty contribution to Folkstone Triennial, Square the Block, the artistís recently unveiled permanent architectural intervention for the London School of Economics that both mimics and subtly subverts the existing faÁade of the building, and models focusing on the development of the spectacular Turning the Place Over, through its various proposed sites until it was finally commissioned by Liverpool year of Culture in 2007. Turning the Place Over is perhaps Wilsonís most ambitious work to date, and consists of motorising a 10 metre wide ovoid disk in the faÁade of an abandoned building so it performs a dance which veers between improbability and illusion, elegantly illustrates Wilsonís view of the architecture and engineering as Ďa slow eventí open to unexpected transformation.

Image: Richard Wilson, 20:50, 1987.
Richard Wilson - Force Quit


Event Title: Richard Wilson - Force Quit
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