A Solo presentation at BALTIC 39 I FIGURE THREE
For BALTIC 39 I FIGURE THREE Wilson has transferred her studio to the gallery space, allowing the public to observe her making processes live and in situ. Sarah Kate Wilson makes paintings that continue to evolve as they exit the studio. The works are kept ‘alive’ through the use of ephemeral materials, by working with performers and by asking the audience to physically interact with her works. At BALTIC 39 Wilson will transfer her studio to the gallery space and work with prisms and light to create rainbows that visit the surfaces of her paintings.
These works are kept in constant flux by using ephemeral materials and presenting them in various forms, such as an event or happening.
Wilson frequently works with performers and instructs both the audience and participants to directly interact with the paintings enlisting them to reinforce the temporality and spontaneity of the work. Making the invisible, visible and showing the back-stage area within an open platform is an ongoing concern in Wilson's practice, highlighting both the process of producing the work and its exhibition.
Throughout the week Wilson will utilise prisms and theatrical lighting to create rainbows-or more accurately spectrums-that appear on the surface of her paintings momentarily. An interest in spectrums originates from childhood memories of a rainbow-filled room in her gran dparents' home as light fell upon crystals hanging in the windows. It is also the universal and inclusive nature of the rainbow that appeals as it can be viewed in a global sense, unrestricted in its appearance and does so without hierarchies.
The prisms in this exhibition are mechanised at purposefully irregular intervals and choreographed in order to pass in front of light sources, allowing spectrums to briefly appear. The rainbows that sporadically populate the surfaces can be linked to apparitions that seemingly appear out of nowhere and are often seen solely in the mind's eye. This indefinable process is paralleled by the transient nature of BALTIC 39 I FIGURE THREE and its series of five-day exhibitions.