The paintings created for the exhibition ‘Tinted’ are developments from an ongoing series of ‘durational paintings’ a term Wilson has coined to describe works that have a predestined ‘lifespan’. By ‘Tinting’ the light, the intensity of colours will continually alter throughout the day and be engulfed by night.
The use of ephemeral readymades such as gels and dollies conjure a lo-fi stained glass window. Made by hand in a higgledy-piggledy manner, Wilson challenges the hierarchies attached to traditional stained glass usually reserved for churches and other significant buildings. Coloured glass and intricate lead work is substituted for translucent pink, yellow and orange sheets of theatre gels and decorative gold and silver plastic dollies.
Sarah Kate Wilson completed her MFA Painting at The Slade School of Fine Art, London in 2010. Recent exhibitions include; Part Three: Oblique Exchange, APT Gallery, London, 2013; Uncle Vern’s Dog, Gallery North, Newcastle, 2013, A Wall is a Surface, curated by LeandaKateLouise, London, 2012; Jerwood Drawing Prize 2012, Short-listed, (Touring); Malerei; Painting as Object, (Touring), 2012. Recently she was awarded AHRC funding for her PhD research at Leeds University 2013-2017.
Here are a few words by Mark about his upcoming show:
‘Art is born of the observation and investigation of nature.’ Cicero (106 BC- 43 BC)
The window acts as a mediator, the link between the performance and the audience. It is a stage on which the performer performs, and which the audience view, an audience that are in the age of mass media and decipher imagery like Turing would, who flick through a glossy magazine, where the ‘now’ culture is all consuming, who are bombarded with high speed broadband, which overflows with information.
This space offers great exposure, offering art to the masses in a forward and direct way. I am very nervous about this level of exposure, showing work in its infancy to a large number is daunting but also stimulating.
This show at the Camden People’s Theatre has allowed me to exhibit a new body of work, which I feel is at the start of an investigation into a way of working that deals with the application of paint, the physicality of mark making, and has traits of ‘automatism’ embedded within it.
As an artist, I have always been fascinated with visual culture and ‘the act of looking’ has manifested itself into these paintings which are exhibited at CPT. The works are populated with strong, striking figures, held within an environment which both references the narrative of the source material and the ‘gestural’ mark making style.
‘The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.’ Aristotle (383 BC – 322 BC)
Mark John Evans