Stephen Willats : REPRESENTING THE POSSIBLE
An exhibition which brings together previously unseen works on paper from the 1960s and the present day in a specially conceived installation.
Willats' career is also currently celebrated in two further London exhibitions: CONTROL, the first survey of the artist's work from the sixties, is at Raven Row until 30 March, and CONCERNING OUR PRESENT WAY OF LIVING, an archive exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery, will be on view from 4 March to 14 September 2014.
Drawing has been key throughout Willats' practice, often as a signifier of larger ideas. From the start of his career in the early 1960s, Willats has rejected aesthetic expression in favour of positioning his drawings as active 'data', which offer a means to communicate a way of looking at and thinking about our environment. REPRESENTING THE POSSIBLE comprises four large-scale site-specific wall drawings that will transform the gallery's architecture into an immersive drawn environment with thirty-seven individual works floating upon their surfaces. The installation, a first for the artist on this scale, is designed to be experienced as a single work, with each individual drawing acting as a point of intersection that provides a variable, dynamic exchange between the viewer and their surroundings.