Fraser Stewart grew up in a remote village. You couldn’t get anywhere without a car so naturally every teenager learnt to drive as soon as they could. Wrecks in the fields bore witness to the sometimes fatal results. They fascinated Stewart, who grew up to be an artist with an urge to put himself in danger. In works that lie somewhere between entertainment and poetic expression, Stewart has swum across a lake wearing a concrete helmet, been suspended from a burning rope and acted as a giant brush, dipping his head in buckets of paint. Surviving a car crash fits in nicely with his resume.
Behind the Wheel refers to car scenes from classic films such as Wim Wenders’ Im Lauf der Zeit and Jean-Luc Godard’s À bout de souffle. The light sculptures add to the dramatic look and feel of the installation. And the actor more or less merges with the vehicle. Stewart has taken a perverse childhood fantasy of danger and changed it into a cinematic experience with sculptural connotations.