Gallery Hopping: Mark Wallinger’s Psychology of the Self at Hauser & Wirth

The exhibition marks a shift in the artist's focus.

Mark Wallinger Ego(2016) Photo: A C Cooper
Mark Wallinger Ego(2016)
Photo: A C Cooper

Mark Wallinger’s “ID” is an exploration of Freud’s interpretation of the id, ego, and superego, in is his first solo show for Hauser & Wirth, for which they have given him the use of both Saville Row galleries.

The concept behind the exhibition is centered around—as the name would suggest—the artist himself. From the canvas size, which is twice Wallinger’s own height and arm-span, to the paintings themselves that emulate Rorschach tests, painted with the artists fingers, questioning not only the subject but also what the viewer sees in them. This show looks to be all about the great preoccupation of our times—ourselves.

“ID” includes the Ego paintings, the sculptural work Superego, and three film works: Shadow Walker (2011), Ever Since (2012), and a new piece Orrey (2016). Featuring a wide range of media from sculpture, photography, film, and painting, the exhibition sees Wallinger shifting his subject matter from everyday British life and religious beliefs, to the psychology of the self.

See some images from the exhibition  below:

Mark Wallinger Orrery (film stills) (2016) Photo: courtesy Hauser & Wirth

Mark Wallinger Orrery (film stills) (2016)
Photo: courtesy Hauser & Wirth

Mark WallingerID Painting 12(2916) Photo: Alex Delfanne

Mark Wallinger ID Painting 12(2916)
Photo: Alex Delfanne

 

Mark Wallinger Ever Since (film still)(2012) Photo: courtesy Hauser & Wirth

Mark Wallinger Ever Since (film still)(2012)
Photo: courtesy Hauser & Wirth

“Mark Wallinger, ID” is on view at Hauser & Wirth, London until May 7 2016.


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