September 25, 2012
James Welling The Mind on Fire at the MK Gallery looks back to Welling's work in' the Pictures Generation', a group of artists working in New York in the 1980s.
James Welling, Summation, 1981(detail). Inkjet print.
This period of experimentation generated numerous collages, paintings, notes and ephemera before culminating in a number of iconic series: minutely crumpled aluminium foil evoking starry skies or lunar landscapes; luxurious drapes sprinkled with dough suggesting snow-capped mountain ridges; and abstract colourfields appearing as sun-drenched horizons.