20:50 // Richard Wilson // 1987 // used sump oil, steel // dimensions variable
On the lowest floor in Saatchi Gallery is Richard Wilson’s 20:50. At first glance it is difficult to tell what Wilson has done. Is the floor painted? Did he design the room? But then the smell overpowers you and you realize he has covered the entire floor with oil. The black oil coupled with the overhead lighting creates an intense illusion sure to leave you wondering what exactly you are seeing.