Alistair Wilson – Signs and Ciphers
Revealing links across various periods of production, Signs and Ciphers, an exhibition of works by Belfast-based artist Alistair Wilson, is broken into four parts and realised across two venues.
Encompassing selected works spanning forty years of production, the exhibition does not set out to provide a definitive survey of Wilson's work to date, rather this extended exhibition draws together key works in an attempt to bring to the fore the prevailing themes and common characteristics present in Wilson's practice. This rare opportunity to experience such a substantial body of the artist's work creates an opportunity to delve into the formal and conceptual concerns.
The first instalment at the Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, focuses on Wilson's more recent practice. The second instalment, at the Millennium Court Art Centre, Portadown, in October/November 2017, features examples of work dating back to the early 1970s.
The exhibition is accompanied by a publication that brings together writings by David Campbell, Jean-Jacques Passera and Michéle Roberts, along with illustrations of key works through the period, to both record and share insights into ways of seeing Wilson’s ongoing enquiries.
When you enter Alistair Wilson's studio, you are immediately confronted with the smell of volatile paint fumes and evidence of serious creative enquiry. Mysterious armatures swathed in white linen sheets make their presence felt. There are life-affirming tensions between the formal and the poetic and the only constants are the beauty of the objects, the delight in the discovery and the sculptures that politely ask to be born. His poetic structures come to life in the space between the romantic and the cerebral and exist in the 'here and now'. Much more than a retrospective, this collaboration between Alistair Wilson, Golden Thread Gallery and Millennium Court Arts Centre attempts to capture the diversity of his practice by recreating his quest to understand and transform the materials that surround him. The work itself deals with alchemy, order, chaos and metamorphosis.
Entry to the exhibition is free and no booking is necessary.
The launch event runs from 6pm - 8pm on 3 August. After this date the exhibition will be open for viewing during normal opening hours.
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