In her latest installation, Quality Time with a T-Shirt, Kristin Wiking has employed a technique taken from the moving-image tradition. The exhibition is a spatial animation in which the play of light gives life to a static sculpture set up in the gallery space.
For a long time now, Kristin Wiking has been working on dramatized installations in which she uses a variety of objects and items. These installations are brought to life by sound, voices and motion, while her humorous approach gives things a human quality. Wiking focusses on the human tendency to try to understand our physical environment by projecting our dreams and visions onto the otherwise mute and mysterious material that surrounds us.
In Quality Time with a T-Shirt Wiking takes this path of development further. She looks back at the pioneers of the moving image, and at how film is able to create the illusion of life. She has been inspired, for instance, by Eadweard Muybridge’s work in which he photographed the movements of human beings and animals. But, unlike Muybridge, Wiking uses composites made out of readymade objects. She has chosen to work with what is perhaps our time’s most generic image of the functional item of clothing – the white T-shirt. Alongside blue jeans, it is a garment that is nowadays worn in virtually all cultures, in all age groups, and in all strata of society. It is a successful product that symbolizes both everything and nothing simultaneously. Wiking captures the white T-shirt in a sequence of images, giving it a place and a life through rhythm, timing and form.
Kristin Wiking (b. 1987) is a Swedish artist who lives and works in Helsinki.
She graduated as a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) from the Time and Space Arts subject area at the Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki. Quality Time with a T-Shirt is her first solo exhibition. She has previously shown in Helsinki and Stockholm. Her videoworks have been screened in The Netherlands, Poland and the UK.
The exhibition has been mounted with support from the Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland.