ISLAND by Alice Wilson

19 September - 2 November 2019


Wilson works with construction timber, plaster, photography, paint and landscape, as well as often improvising with materials to realise ideas. Landscape is used in Wilson’s practice as a medium through which to discuss concerns with experience, access and expectation. For her debut solo installation with JGM Gallery, Wilson will present a body of work that plays with form and function. At first possibly appearing useful but on closer inspection rendered useless by scale or stability. The work’s interrogation of how we negotiate landscape attempts to function as an allegory of our relationship to educational, political and social structures. 

The Barrier System Paintings, placed on the walls are in some ways a formalisation of the by products of her process, developed with material left over from large scale sculptures; colour tests, off-cuts and imagery. Wilson pulls these pieces back together into what is for her the most tangible and formal art object; the painting. The titling ‘Barrier System’ references Wilson’s own educational and social structures, she is acknowledging her education in painting and her romanticised experience of landscape as a potential barrier to being able to think outside of these terms.

From functional objects to towering abstract constructions, Wilson moves between concept driven ideas and developing opportunities to make site responsive work. Wilson has works installed in a forest in Demark, supported by the British Council, a body of work represented at Cheeseburn Sculpture park in collboration with JGM Gallery and most recently has presented a work made specifically for the garden at domobaal Gallery.

We are very excited for Alice to realise her ambitions at JGM Gallery this September, we would also like to mention and thank Champion Timber who have supported Alice with a large amount of material for the installation in the windows of JGM Gallery and artist Lana Locke who has written the accompanying text.

Photo credit: Damian Griffiths