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Mark Wallinger: The Human Figure in Space

Jerwood Gallery, Hastings


Turner Prize-winning artist Mark Wallinger presents a series of installations, photographs and video works that take inspiration both from the seaside setting of the Jerwood Gallery and from Eadweard Muybridge’s influential early photographs that captured the human body in motion. For the title work, Wallinger has strung three miles of kite line around three walls of the Jerwood’s Foreshore Gallery, while the fourth wall is mirrored so that, in looking, the viewer sees the movements of their own body defined by the grid-like pattern that forms the background to their own reflection.  The work recalls the method that Muybridge developed for capturing instantaneous motion picture, by photographing his subjects moving in front of a grid of white thread. Also on display is Birdman – a series created specifically for this exhibition, which takes cropped details from images of contestants at the International Birdman competition on the Sussex coast. Further works include a series of home video footage, revealing people who appear unexpectedly at odds with their environment. All of the pieces on show are being displayed for the first time in the UK. Find out more about the Mark Wallinger exhibition from the Jerwood’s website.

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The Human Figure in Space, Mark Wallinger

The Human Figure in Space (2007), Mark Wallinger, installation view at Donald Young gallery, 2007. Photo: Tom Van Eynde

Abseiling, from Landscape with the Fall of Icarus, Mark Wallinger

Abseiling, from Landscape with the Fall of Icarus (video still; 2007), Mark Wallinger. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth; © Mark Wallinger

Birdman (detail; 2018) Marc Wallinger. Archival Digital Prints on Diband. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth; © Mark Wallinger

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