Michael Wilkinson’s Decay-Inspired Landscape Series
Much of the collage-based work of Glasgow artist Michael Wilkinson, according to his New York gallery Tanya Bonakdar, “examines notions of power and resistance through an intricate web of political, cultural, and personal references” — among them the “histories of art and political radicalism, Marxist theory, popular music, and punk subculture of the 1970s and 1980s” — by incorporating things like survival gear and vintage photographs. Yet his new gridded Landscape pieces, which we spotted in Bonakdar’s booth at Frieze New York in May, take a more subtle (and visually beautiful) approach. They’re a continuation on a series he presented last winter, inspired by Seditionaries, the 1970s London shop owned by Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood, but with references to decay and vandalism — executed by the most color-savvy vandals imaginable, we suppose. Read more about Wilkinson’s work here.