Mark Wallinger: new exhibition presents the painter's work simultaneously across two cities

Turner Prize winner makes his mark in simultaneous exhibitions at Edinburgh and Dundee

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Mark Wallinger: Mark Wallinger Mark

Making your mark is everything if you're an artist, whichever side you're coming from. This is evident in this expansive body of largely recent work by Mark Wallinger, which runs parallel in galleries across two separate cities. Based largely around the 66 works that make up Wallinger's id Paintings, the twin shows focus on a fascination with symmetry that saw him pursue a more instinctive and personalised line of inquiry than his more overtly politically-driven works. That period arguably peaked with Wallinger's 2007 Turner Prize winner, 'State Britain', a recreation of Brian Haw's tented anti Iraq protest outside Westminster. That the twice-his-height size paintings that resulted are literally hand-made speaks volumes about where Wallinger is coming from today.

'The id Paintings grew out of a series of works I call self-portraits,' Wallinger says, referring to the group of paintings consisting of various iterations of the letter 'I'. Wallinger found himself painting works by hand, alternating between left and right. 'It was one of those rare moments when the penny dropped and something metamorphosised in a way where I could get a degree of symmetry. It was a way of creating in the moment in a way where every mark had its mirror image.'

Wallinger mentions Rorschach, psycho-analysis and Freud in an ongoing pursuit of the naked 'I' he is clearly relishing: 'It has been rather pleasant,' he says. 'It's nice to get to this age and still be able to feel this way.'

Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh/Dundee Contemporary Arts, Sat 4 Mar–Sun 4 Jun.

Mark Wallinger: Mark

Artist Mark Wallinger’s first exhibition in Scotland focuses on his id Paintings (2015/16), an ambitious series of large-scale Rorschach blot-like images.

Dundee Contemporary Arts

Fri 28 Apr

Gallery

01382 909900

Sat 29 Apr

Gallery

01382 909900

Sun 30 Apr

Gallery

01382 909900

…and 35 more dates until 4 Jun

The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh

Fri 28 Apr

Free / 0131 225 2383

Sat 29 Apr

Free / 0131 225 2383

Sun 30 Apr

Free / 0131 225 2383

…and 35 more dates until 4 Jun

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