Jane and Louise Wilson
This article is from 2009.
Whilst the enigmatic film works of the Wilson Twins often split and polarise critical opinion, the pair continue to be noted as UK art’s most recognised purveyors of the moving image. For over 20 years, they’ve been lauded for making films set in iconic and epochal locations such as the former Stasi headquarters, Second World War bunkers, and the US military base at Greenham Common.
Taking an almost reverential approach to the dilapidated buildings, their research based practice is seemingly aligned with the documentary tradition. Steady procedural beginnings soon give way, however, to a more tumultuous tone. The resulting installations, often multiscreened, work to disorientate the viewer, and confusions between projected space and physical space, and document and fiction, baffle and please in equal measure.
Archival photographs and prop-like sculptures will accompany central work ‘Unfolding the Aryan Papers’, a video installation based on extensive research of the Stanley Kubrick Archive.
Meditating on one of his unrealised film projects, this work is as much about Kubrick’s aborted picture as it is the failed stardom of lead actress Johanna ter Steege. Viewed either as sensationally beguiling image-driven works or contextually-laden films fit for a multitude of theoretical positions, this survey exhibition will surely provide an intriguing platform for debate.
Talbot Rice Gallery, Old College, South Bridge, 0131 650 2210, 6 Aug–26 Sep, free.