Keith Wilson’s work explores the cultural status of sculpture and the power relations inherent in everyday human interactions. Viewers of Wilson’s work must often navigate their way around apparently authoritative pieces of highly ordered sculptural material. In 2012 he completed Steles, a major new commission for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London, a piece that remains as a key part of the new Queen Elizabeth Park.
In 2010 Wilson’s project Things invited members of the public to contribute their own objects to the exhibition at the Wellcome Collection. Beginning as an empty sculptural calendar, each object was immediately photographed, catalogued and put on display in a complete reversal of the usual collection-museum relation. Each object offered revealed the owner’s own value system, and their social, political and aesthetic choices.
Wilson has exhibited in the UK and internationally, with significant solo exhibitions at Camden Arts Centre, London, Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston, Milch Gallery, London, Compton Verney, Milton Keynes Gallery, Eastside, Birmingham and the Wellcome Collection, London as well as numerous other group shows.
Wilson’s work also takes the form of curatorial ventures extending his enquiry beyond the confines of the studio including The Object Sculpture at Henry Moore Institute Leeds in 2002 and Modern British Sculpture at the Royal Academy in 2011, co-curated with Penelope Curtis.
Over the past twenty years Wilson has taught at many major art schools in Britain, notably as a tutor at the Royal College of Art, London, as a Senior Lecturer at the University of the Arts London and as a Reader at the University of Westminster. He has sat on the boards of trustees of the Whitechapel Art Gallery and Camden Arts Centre for many years, working directly on their major refurbishment projects. He is currently Chair of trustees of Art House Foundation.