Matthew Wilson



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Variable Floor no. I (after Bliss, Vesalius, Wilson). Oak floorboards, laser-cut plywood, screenprint, chalk on mount-board, 206 risographs. 85 x 45 x 15 cm

SUN + WHEEL = MACHINE. Performance. 4 minutes 30 seconds

A bone is broken and reset, as a rock is removed from the earth, and then returned. Screenprint, chalk, and blackboard paint on paper (diptych). 135 x 95 cm

And the hillside is grey and solid, pt. I. Concrete, chalk, and lashing strap. 75 x 75 x 38 cm

WE WILL DIE, THEY WON'T, AND THAT IS OKAY. Sight specific performance.


Matthew Wilson’s practice focusses on human actions that are rooted in repetitive processes. Challenging the preconception that repetition produces the same results, he explores the variations in the outcomes of specific actions and asks what else is possible when the same action is repeatedly carried out on the same entity. This interest stems from his background in printmaking, a process that allows for disruption, expansion, and redirection within extremely repetitive actions. He applies this way of working to a range of media including sculpture, performance, writing, and sound in order to create artworks that repeatedly re-direct, re-arrange, break down or piece themselves back together.


Matthew Wilson (b. 1991) is currently based in Edinburgh. He recently graduated from the Royal College of Art (2018) and previously studied Fine Art at the University of Dundee (2013). He was selected for the 2014 RSA New Contemporaries exhibition, where he was awarded the Walter Scott Global Investment Award and The Art in Healthcare Purchase Prize. He is a recent recipient of the Dewar Award (2016, 2017), was shortlisted for the Stanley Picker Tutorship and the Almacantar Studio Award (both 2018), and was a selected artist for a six-week residency at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada (2017). Recent exhibitions include: Hold Your Horses, Hold them and Never let Them Go, CGP, London; The Sky has no Surface, Berwick Fringe, Berwick-upon Tweed; Gone Fishing, DOK Space, Edinburgh; The Same Tendency, Summerhall, Edinburgh; and Utopias, Upper Church Gallery, Edinburgh.


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