Mark Wallinger ID, Hauser & Wirth, 23 Savile Row, London W1, until 7th May 2016
This is the artist’s first solo exhibition with the gallery and indeed it takes place in both their North and South galleries as there is much to capture our attention and I shall give a taste of it here. As its title might suggest the artist has used Freud’s terms id, ego and superego as a basis for his works. The large Id paintings involve the viewer as they become involved with what feelings the artist is portraying.
The mirrored sculpture Superego – inspired by the Scotland Yard sign – dominates us and impedes us because despite the reflective nature of its material we are unable to see ourselves in it. His new video work is Orrery. An orrery is of course a model that shows the solar system and for his video Wallinger depicts the New Fairlop Oak which sits in the centre of the Fulwell Cross roundabout in Barkingside taken from a car. The revolving world around the tree is both representational of Britain and also our planet’s orbit around the sun and thus our place in the universe.