Furthering his experiments with collage as both a formal and conceptual tool, the sculptures and canvases in this presentation subtly reconstruct elements of the past through the lenses of punk, anarchism, and art history. Inspired by popular music and punk subculture of the 1970s and 1980s, left-wing resistance movements and art history, Wilkinson collects, dissects and layers his source material in evocative ways, forming both connections and tensions. Visually and thematically, his work operates through a series of oppositions that complicate notions of internal and external, representation and reality, the monumental and the insignificant, inviting viewers to reflect on their own understandings of the past and its manifestations in the present.
Born in Merseyside, UK in 1965, Wilkinson currently lives and works in Glasgow. Recently, his work was presented at Tate Britain as part of the group exhibition, Art under Attack: Histories of British Iconoclasm (2013-2014). His work has also been exhibited at Gemeentemuseum Den Haag in the Netherlands, Dundee Contemporary Arts in Scotland, FRAC des Pays de la Loire in Carquefou, France, Zachęta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw, New Wight Gallery at University of California, Los Angeles, NAK Neuer Aachener Kunstverein in Aachen, Germany, the British Council in Edinburgh, and Studio Voltaire in London, among other institutions worldwide.