Serpentine South Gallery 15 Aug — 15 Sep 1996 Free

The Serpentine Gallery gave Richard Wilson unprecedented freedom to pierce walls, perforate windows and puncture the ceilings.

This was the final exhibition before the gallery closed for extensive refurbishment in 1996-7. British sculptor Wilson incorporated equipment from the construction industry to transform the clean, white gallery spaces.

Jamming Gears anticipated the upheaval of the gallery’s renovation and employed materials and techniques present on the building site. The installation reflected Wilson’s fascination with the spaces we inhabit – their fabric, their function and the way we perceive them. It gave him a rare opportunity to intervene in the perception of an entire gallery structure.

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