Kye Wilson (b.1976, Portsmouth, UK) uses moving image to create films and video installations that explore space, self and other, challenging notions of absence and presence, live and mediated, and real versus simulated. A signature characteristic of his art is the embodiment of (him) self through technology - typically a video representation in the form of a female character or performer. This ambiguous, screen projected image enables audiences to engage with the identities of Wilson and the protagonist, acting as a “digital mirror” allowing the viewer to bring their own self and experience to the works. Recent activities include site-specific video installations devised and realised for a variety of different spaces including galleries and challenging historical places, including the Circulo de Belles Artes museum, Madrid, the National Trust's Mottisfont estate, The Round Tower, (a fifteenth century fortification in Old Portsmouth), and Winchester Cathedral. This includes an ongoing body of work entitled ‘Unified Spaces’, in which each individual installation artwork is comprised of life-size projections showcased in the exact spot where a ‘performance to camera’ has taken place, described by Wilson as ‘video trompe l’oeil’. Kye Wilson’s achievements include graduating with an MA Fine Art with distinction from the University of Portsmouth in 2011, and receiving awards and commissions from Arts Council England, Festival of Video Art Kinolevchyk, Hayward Gallery and Madrid Festival of Contemporary Audio-Visual Arts (MADATAC). Wilson has shown work in the UK and internationally.
CV & Education
2011 MA Fine Art with distinction, University of Portsmouth, UK.
Faces, Portsmouth Festivities: 2014, Portsmouth.
Anima/Animus, Cistercian Abbey Osek, Osek, Czech Republic (solo show).
Embodied Vistas, APT Gallery, Deptford, London (solo show).
Embodied Vistas, GalleryMuse, Petersfield (solo show).
Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology, York St Mary’s, York Art Gallery, York.
10 days | Winchester | Creative Collisions, curated by Angela Peagram and Sophie Hacker, Winchester
BYOB (Bring Your Own Beamer), Moving Image London 2013, the Bargehouse, London.
“Recovery”, Institute of Mental Health, Nottingham.
Anti-Angels: The Medieval Other, Hungate Medieval Art, St. Peter Hungate, Norwich.
Trimester Revisited, White Elephant Gallery, Portsmouth (solo show).
UTOPIE DISTRIBUÉE, Galerie white project, Paris, France.
Hunter/Hunted/Patrick Lichfield: The Polaroids, The Gallery at Mottisfont, National Trust, Mottisfont.
MADATAC :::: VIDEOsPAIN, curated by Iury Lech, Digital Art Festival, Taipei Digital Art Centre, Taiwan.
StreeTVideOart, “Baladez vot'télé” “Walk your telly”, curated by Milan Atanaskovic, Larcade Gallery, Paris,
Entrapment of the o/Other, The Round Tower, Portsmouth (solo show).
Panoptic, ARTches, Portsmouth.
Masters Fine Art 2011, gASP (gallery Art Space Portsmouth), Portsmouth.
The 10th Annual Free Range Art & Design Show, London.
The M.A. & Other Postgraduate Contemporary Art Show, Atkinson Gallery, Millfield.
Masters Fine Art, gASP (gallery Art Space Portsmouth), Portsmouth.
Madrid Festival of Contemporary Audio-Visual Arts (MADATAC), Circulo de Belles Artes, Madrid, Spain.
Trimester, SPACE Gallery, University of Portsmouth.
Pandemonium, Langstone Gate, Havant.
Repetition, Havana Bar, Portsmouth Screen - The City Festival of Film and Screen Based Media, Portsmouth.
Engage, Nineveh, Havant.
We Assemble, The Grey Area Gallery, Brighton.
Little House on the Cliff Edge, Nineveh, Havant.
Projektor, Cafe Gallery Projects, London.
Awards and Commissions:
Arts Council England - Grants for the arts (Embodied Vistas).
Faces, Portsmouth Festivities: 2014, Portsmouth – Commission.
Arts Council England - Grants for the arts (Faces).
Aesthetica Art Prize - Longlist.
Arts Council England - Grants for the arts (Anima/Animus).
Arts Council England - Grants for the arts (Hunter/Hunted).
Arts Council England - Grants for the arts (Unsettled-Beautiful).
The News Guide Awards - Shortlist.
Madrid Festival of Contemporary Audio-Visual Arts (MADATAC) - Best video art work.
Kino Foundation - Awards for All.
Gunwharf Quays and the Historic Dockyard, Voyage East – Commission.
Festival of Video Art "KinoLevchyk" , Ukraine - Decoration from the jury.
Arts Council England - Grants for the arts (The Gloaming).
City Eye - Open Lens Award.
Undercover Surrealism, Hayward Gallery, London – Best film of the week.
Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology, 2014 Edition (book and DVD).
Animate/Inanimate: The Reanimated Ghosts of Anima/Animus, Allan Taylor, October 31, 2013.
Kye Wilson: Self-Perception and Site-Specific Art, Kate Davey, May 2, 2013.
Unsettled Entrapment of the Beautiful o/Other in Unified Spaces: a short essay on the conceptual works of Kye Wilson,
Dr. Trudy Barber FRSA FHEA, School of Creative Arts, Film and Media, University of Portsmouth, September 9, 2011.
The (Video) Art of Kissing. Notes for a Philematology of Moving Image, Adriano D'Aloia, In: Elena Biserna, Precious
Brown (eds.), Cinema, Architecture, Dispositif, Campanotto, Udine 2011, pp. 350-357. ISBN 8845612176
Trimester Underwater Live Performance and Video Installation, Helena Eflerová and Kye Wilson, September 2009.
Segre Subastas Auction House, Madrid, Spain.