Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz presents the largest and most comprehensive display of work to date by Turner Prize nominated artist Cathy Wilkes (b. 1966 Belfast, lives and works in Glasgow). Bringing together more than a decade of the artist’s acclaimed work, this unique exhibition includes several of her largescale sculptural installations alongside paintings, works on paper and archive materials.
Best known for her imaginary environments which recall poetic visions, her installations evoke places of loss or transformation. Her work is occupied by beings, often of unspecified gender: infants, elders and animals. It includes collections of objects and treasured ingredients accumulated from daily life, for example cloths, towels, cups and plates and biscuits.
The works shown here include “Untitled” (Possil, at last), originally exhibited at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013, which remembers in its title the Glasgow district of Possil where Possil Pottery was located during the nineteenth century before its closing in 1942, and “Untitled (Biggar) 2013” which in turn alludes to a small former mining town in South Lanarkshire. In these works the displacement of geographical and temporal conditions and the frailty of existence are set in counter relation to a sense of infinite and unbreakable time continuum.
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