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The Light Brigade

Stuart Bailie | 13:11 UK time, Friday, 12 October 2007

Stuart Bailie.jpgThe new Heather Wilson exhibition is all about illumination. Unveiled at the Island Arts Centre in Lisburn on Wednesday night, ‘An Interruption In The Way Of Things’ is a challenge to look again at the interplay between light, water, glass, earth and air.

heatherwilson.jpgWe see lenses and spheres, vapour trails and refractions. Her work is mounted on thick Perspex and projected on curved surfaces. Children are wondering around the gallery space, their minds quietly blown. More discriminating art heads are nodding sagely, while family members are royally chuffed.

Beyond the science and the attractive patterns, Heather is aiming for a wider realisation – to see the little epiphanies, half hidden in the humdrum places. It this respect, she’s hurling us zen parables, looking for a satori to shine from the commonplace.

heather3.jpgHer husband, Peter is happily present. We normally see him on stage in his Duke Special role, where he too likes to advocate plenty of watchfulness and intensity. In this respect, his song ‘This Could Be My Last Day’ is almost a companion piece to Heather’s work. Another good result for Team Wilson.

Stu Bailie presents The Late show on Radio Ulster, every Friday from 10pm until midnight. See his playlist here.

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