Alison Wilding: Mesmer, Again
This solo exhibition revisits Alison Wilding’s 2016 sculpture, Mesmer, alongside new sculptures and drawings. Renowned for her innovative approach to material, the works exhibited range from the large floor piece Mesmer, its crucial parts held together by magnets, to wall, table and hanging pieces made of alabaster, wood, silver wire and brass. This is Wilding’s first solo exhibition in London since 2017, following more recent major museum shows at the De La Warr Pavilion and the Whitworth Art Gallery.
Mesmer, Again runs in Room 2, Karsten Schubert London’s gallery in a former apartment in a mid-18th-century Soho townhouse. For Wilding, this is an appealing location to show her works as it offers a view of what it is like to live with sculpture. As she says about her piece Drone 3 placed in the gallery’s window, ‘the north light coming through the window reveals something new about the sculpture, encouraging the viewer to approach the work quite differently compared with being in a white cube space, which is a showroom, not a living room.’
Many of the works in Mesmer, Again were made by Wilding in 2020 and are to be exhibited for the first time. This includes a number of sculptures and new series drawings made of black rubber paint, scraped and poured over sheets of paper and collaged.
Mesmer, Again is accompanied by a catalogue featuring an interview with Alison Wilding and Tom Morton.
Alison Wilding is one of the UK’s foremost sculptors and has been represented by Karsten Schubert London since 1987. Her work can be found in the public collections of the Tate, British Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum, Henry Moore Institute and many more. She was twice nominated for the Turner Prize (1988 and 1992). Recent public commissions include Still Water, a memorial to UK citizens affected by terrorism overseas (2018). Currently she is Eranda Professor of Drawing at Royal Academy Schools and was made OBE in 2019.