The Bomb Factory is pleased to announce an extensive exhibition of Mark Wallinger’s
recent work. In these films the artist offers a personal reflection on the collective
experience of the last four years, and the search for meaning within the realms of
science, myth, and religion.
‘During the pandemic the purpose or meaning of work moved from habit to something more existential for everyone, just as the limited freedom that was allowed in the first lockdown for solitary exercise and recreation brought something new to the streets of London, as we learned to move from moment to moment.’ MW
Mark Wallinger’s Filmworks offer a characteristic examination of the city where people took ruminative walks in their own neighbourhoods. During this time the artist became fascinated by Christopher Wren’s St James’s Church in Piccadilly, where William Blake and Joseph Banks were baptised, and Isaac Newton was a regular worshipper.
‘For every action (force) in nature there is an equal and opposite reaction.’ Newton’s third law of motion and the symmetry it expresses has been something of a mantra to Wallinger. ‘His mechanics involves the smallest of actions to the revolution of the planets around the sun. For Newton, rather than the chilly and remote reasoning Blake ascribed to him, the beauty of such celestial causality was evidence of God.’
Maynard Keynes who purchased Newton’s letters at auction in 1936 found a trove of alchemical arcana: ‘Newton was not the first of the age of reason, he was the last of the magicians...’ His pursuit of knowledge was driven by a belief that he ‘could reach all the secrets of God and Nature by the pure power of mind, Copernicus and Faustus in one.’
About Mark Wallinger:
Mark Wallinger is one of the UK’s leading contemporary artists. Having previously been nominated for the Turner Prize in 1995, he won in 2007 for his installation State Britain. His work Ecce Homo (1999–2000) was the first piece to occupy the empty plinth in Trafalgar Square. He represented Great Britain at the Venice Biennale in 2001. Labyrinth (2013/2023), a major and permanent commission for Art on the Underground, was created to celebrate 150 years of the London Underground. In 2018, the permanent work Writ in Water was realised for the National Trust to celebrate Magna Carta at Runnymede, and The World Turned Upside Down was unveiled in 2019 for the London School of Economics.
PV: Thurs 14th March, 6 - 8pm
DATES: 14th March - 14th April
TIMES: 11am - 6pm
LOCATION: 206 Marylebone Road, NW1 6JQ