Aeneas Wilder
co-curator: Kate Goodwin


3 May - 2 Jun, 2012



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Void with Aeneas Wilder


In the void that is the re-construction site of a former Victorian-era warehouse in central London, international artist Aeneas Wilder creates a self-supporting structure out of hundreds of pieces of wood.  Typical of his work, the installation is created out of balance and tension.  Untypically - for Wilder usually destroys his work ceremonially upon completion - the installation will be allowed to stay up until it collapses, as and when.  A live webcam feed will be projected in the gallery, of the installation and the builders going about their work, until the installation collapses. 

Aeneas Wilder’s work can be read as about identity and architecture.  About self-built monuments that create institutional identities, and how they get challenged by time.  About how we read our bodies, relative to our environment: protected and sheltered, or humble and vulnerable.  In this proposed work, we overlay another dimension: the physical (the work exists) and the virtual (we can only see it through a webcam feed). 

steel works plan of construction site photo of installation site
rib cage grays anatomy   close up of sculpture
spine grays anatomy   close up sculpture
close up sculpture spine grays anatomy
2 people pushing email that the sculpture has fallen
drop of water  

conversation between the builder and Kate Goodwin:

Ben:  Yeah, it was better than I thought it would be…I was a bit sceptical about the whole thing ‘cos I’m not into art in particular but it’s interesting..  it’s better than I expected it to be anyway

KG: Why were you sceptical?

to read the rest of the conversation, please click <here>

conversations overhead on site:

It kind of looks like Jenga
Did you give it a jab….
It looks like its sagging in the middle,
What he was saying was that ..

to read the rest of the conversation, please click <here>

to view 5 min film (.mov) of the piece, please click <here>

We would like to thank Kate Goodwin for co-curating the exhibition.  She is the Drue Heinz Curator for Architecture at the Royal Academy of Arts, having initially trained as an architect in Sydney. She is author of the Dandelion: The Making of the UK Pavilion at Shanghai World Expo 2010

We would also like to thank FOSA (fosarch.com), our partner architecture firm, for financial and technical support.

And Edward Cullinan Architects for the use of their building. 

And Jerram Falkus for the materials.

To download press release as pdf<please click here>