CV & Essay

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Alex J Wood

http://www.alexjwood.co.uk
info @ alexjwood.co.uk
Born 1988

Education

2012-13 MA Fine Art, Chelsea College of Art & Design, London – Merit
2012 Postgraduate Diploma Fine Art, Chelsea College of Art, London
2011 BA (Hons) Fine Art, University of Greenwich, London
2007 Foundation Diploma, Distinction, West Kent College, UK

Awards

The Elizabeth Greenshields Award Recipient 2015 & 2017
Winner of The Picton Art Prize
Selected artist in August 2017 for the International Artists Symposium, Neustadt an der Wienstraße, Germany (https://farbe-bekennen.info)
Shortlisted for The Henry Moore Plinth Prize June 2015

Commissioned by Penguin Books to create a sculpture for Foyles, 107 Charing Cross Road. (Link)
Shortlisted for The Mark Tanner Sculpture Award February 2015
Awarded The Patrick and Kelly Lynch Scholarship in 2013
The PVC CCW (Pro Vice Chancellor, Chelsea Camberwell Wimbledon) 2014 Alumni Bursary Award
2014 UAL Ambassador MA Prep Course Beijing, PRC and Research Residency.
2014 Artist in Residence at Camberwell College of Art, London
April 2013 Artist in Residence at Tokyo Wonder Site in Japan
Shortlisted for Future Map 2013. Winner of Xhibit 2013
Shortlisted for The Clifford Chance Sculpture Award in 2013 & 2014

Selected Exhibitions

Current 16 Jun 17 – 03 Sep 17: Air: Visualising the Invisible in British Art 1768-2017, RWA Bristol (Link)
April 2017 ‘That Blitz Mentality’, Wall Space, 607 N La Brea, Los Angeles USA.
December 2016: New Art Projects at Pulse Miami Beach, Miami, USA  (Link)

April 2016 ‘96% Visible’, Menier Chocolate Factory, 53 Southwark Street, London
March 19 to May 14 ‘Alex J Wood LIFT OFF’ Project Room at New Art Projects, 6 Sheep Lane, London (Link)
January 14 to March 19 2016 ‘Alex J Wood: Lift Off!’ Solo exhibition at New Art Projects, 6 Sheep Lane, London (Link)
Dec 2015 ‘Not Just For Christmas’, Jonathan Ross Gallery, 286 Earls Court Road, London

Aug 2015 ‘Postcard’, Fold Gallery, London (In conjunction with ArtBox a charity benefiting people with learning disabilities)
July 2015 ‘Art Journey’, Curated by ‘Art Partners’ and ‘Secret Art’, Library, 112 St Martins Lane, London
May 2015 ‘Historical Futures’, Apricot Gallery, 16 Heneage Street, London
April 2015 ‘Capsule’, The Embassy Tea Gallery, Union Street, London
Feb 2015 “I’ll show you mine…”, Chelsea Arts Club, 143 Old Church Street, London
Sep – Jan 2015 Selected sculptures on display in The Library Members Club, St Martins Lane, London.
Dec 2014 ‘Made in Arts London’, The Lethaby Gallery, London.
Nov 2014 ‘Stars on Canvas’, The Hub, Heddon Street (Supported the Willow Foundation Charity)
Nov 2014 ‘Springboard’, The Cookhouse, Chelsea college of Art, London.
Oct 2014 ‘Disinter’, The Crypt Gallery, London.
July 2014 ACAVA Open Studios, 49 Grange Walk, London
June 2014 Chelsea Salon at The Old Hannah Barry Gallery, Peckham
June 2014 Sunday Salon with Slate Projects
May 2014 London Art Professionals Featuring Michael Petry.

March 2014 ‘Slinky Intervention’ on the Great Wall of China at Badaling, Beijing, PRC.
March 2014 ‘£WEATSHOP’, 55 Dalston Lane, London.
Nov 2013 ‘SITE’ CCW Alumni Exhibition, The Cookhouse, Chelsea College of Art, London

Nov 2013 ‘GIFTED’, CHART Gallery, 62 Old Church Street, London
Aug 2013 MA Fine Art Final Show, Chelsea College of Art and Design
April 2013 Down the Dori Tokyo Wonder Site, Tokyo, Japan
April 2013 In Two Parts Interim Show Chelsea College of Art, London.
2013 5 March – End April, XHIBIT 2013, UAL Gallery, High Holborn, London.
2013 3 May – 14 May, Four Corners Gallery, London.
2012 ‘Stars on Canvas’, Maddox Arts, Mayfair, London. (Supported the Willow Foundation Charity)
2012 Curiously Connected, Coningsby Gallery, 30 Tottenham Street, London
2012 ‘Applied Imagination’, 111 Great Litchfield Street (Formerly DRAF)
2012 Bermondsey Arts Festival, Delfina Gallery, 50 Bermondsey Street
2012 The Final, Final PG Dip Summer Show, Chelsea College of Art, London
2012 24 Hour Storm’, Morgue, Chelsea College of Art, London
2012 Lots of Lollys, Southwark Studios, London
2012 Chemical Compound, Chelsea College of Art, London
2012 The Round Chapel Salon, Round Chapel, Hackney, London
2012 ‘PG Diploma Interim Show’, Triangle Space, Chelsea College of Art
2012 Death Watch Beetle, The Morgue, Chelsea College of Art, London
2012 Pop Tarts, Chelsea College of Art, London
2012 Oh Oh Oh!, Chelsea College of Art, London
2011 Beneath The Surface DegreeArt.com Gallery, London
2011 Hastings Pier & Laughing Policeman, The Panic Room, Tonbridge
2011 The Spa Gallery, Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells. 
2009 Site Specific Installation, Botanical Gardens in Avery Hill Park, London
2009 West Kent College Summer Exhibition
2008 Inspirations, Site Specific Artwork, Maidstone Museum, Kent.
2008 Bentlif Art Prize 2008, Maidstone, Kent
Attended and Collaborated on the Four day workshop ‘Expanding Fields LIVE’ in November 2012.


Press & Publications

28 Jun 2017 Air: Visualising the Invisible in British Art 1768-2017, Catalogue by Christiana Payne. 
Sansom and Co. ISBN 191140813522
22 May 2016 ‘Public Sculpture Unveilings: Alex J Wood And Frances Segelman Commissions Revealed’, ArtLyst. (Link)
01 May 2016 ‘An Actual Angel In Islington’, Tabish Khan, Art Critic, Londonist.com (Link)
28 April 2016 ‘STATE/f22’ Magazine Issue 21, Mike van Joel & Anna McNay, Feature page 11. (Link)

28 April 2016 ‘An angel rises in Islington as emerging star artist creates celestial public sculpture’. University of the Arts London News. (Link)
27 April 2016   ‘The Picton Art Prize 2015 – Winning Artist – Alex J Wood’ (Link)
25 February 2016 In conversation with Anna McNay, Deputy Editor of State/f22 Magazine.

11 Feb 2016 ‘Secret Agents And Protests: February’s Most Talked About Art Exhibitions’, Tabish Khan at the Londonist, (http://londonist.com/2016/02/february-s-most-talked-about-art-exhibitions)
18 Jan 2016 ‘Alex J. Wood’s First Solo Exhibition Is A Blast’, ArtLyst, (http://www.artlyst.com/articles/alex-j-woods-first-solo-exhibition-is-a-blast)
15 Jan 2016 ‘Last night’s art show openings – Alex J Wood delights at New Art Projects’, Organ Art Magazine, (https://goo.gl/3iL8Ug)
14 Jan 2016 ‘Lift Off!’ on Artsy – (www.artsy.net/show/new-art-projects-alex-j-wood-lift-off)
Jan 2016 – Issue 19 STATE/f22 Magazine, ‘Featured Artist: Artists of Today’, Page 19, (www.alexjwood.com/2015/12/24/featured-artist-in-state-magazine/)
6 Jan 2016 “Alex J Wood Explores Human Endeavour In First Solo Show” Artlyst, (http://goo.gl/QSSRGH)
8 Dec 2016 Wall Street International: Not Just For Christmas” (www.wsimag.com/art/18688-not-just-for-christmas)
7 May 2015 Artlyst, “Historical Futures – The Temporality Of Materials” (http://goo.gl/0J6rrn)
1 May 2015 Aesthetica Online, ‘Antares Rocket Featured in Historical Futures’ (http://goo.gl/eDlOUa)
May 2015 Aesthetica Magazine, Page 146, “Historical Futures Exhibition”.
Feb 2015 MA Fine Art graduate wins Penguin Little Black Classics competition. Chelsea UAL Website. 27 Feb 2015.    (http://blogs.arts.ac.uk/chelsea/2015/02/27/ma-fine-art-graduate-wins-penguin-little-black-classics-competition/)
Oct 2014 The 24th International Sculpture Conference, New Orleans, USA |  Sally Tiffin Panel Speaker at Artist Residencies: Do They Benefit Sculptors? (Mentioned from 38:44) (Video Link: https://vimeo.com/album/3297718/video/121261121#t=2323s)
Oct 2014 Disinter: Alex J Wood responds to World War One (http://blogs.arts.ac.uk/chelsea/2014/10/15/chelsea-graduate-alex-j-wood-responds-centenary-first-world-war-crypt-gallery/)
August 2014 Edward Lucie Smith, “Our most promising new sculptor…” 27 August 2014.
April 2014 Chinese Views Photographic journal with hand drawn illustrations
January 2014 AN Magazine Review by D. Minton. (http://www.a-n.co.uk/interface/reviews/single/4243197)
Nov 2013 SITE Exhibition Catalogue, Camberwell Press, London
Nov 2013 Featured Artist on ArtLyst.com email update and homepage. (http://tinyurl.com/p5f8c2y)
September 2013   Avenir Magazine Review. (http://avenirmagazine.com/art/chelsea-college-of-art-ma-show)
July 2013  JAWS Magazine, Summer Issue, “Resonation and Sound in Noh” (http://issuu.com/jawsjournal/docs/final_2520file-for_2520website-00/66)
June 2013   Down The Dori. UAL Exhibition Catalogue
June 2013   Guardian UAL Website, “Why study an MA in fine art?”. (http://tinyurl.com/knubcjd)
April 2013 Tokyo Two catalogue, in conjunction with UAL and Tokyo Wonder Site
April 2013   Featured in the print edition of ‘Art in England’ Magazine.

Collections

The Patrick and Kelly Lynch Collection, University of the Arts London Collection and various other Private Collections in Europe and the USA.

Essay by Michael Petry, Artist and Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art London 

Alex Wood might be the unholy reincarnation of Heath Robinson, for he sets his wild imagination and crazy obsession with flight into the heaviest of artistic materials: BRONZE.

A silvered paper zeppelin crashes into a bronze tower in R101 (sadly the original British R101 crashed on its maiden flight in 1930 killing almost everyone on board), a bronze hot air balloon cannot take off and lift its wicker basket in We Have lift-off! While in a new work Fly Me to the Moon a rather wrecked 1950’s version of what a rocket should be, looks like it could never lift off either. A larger work that deal with flight or the lack of it Taking Off, looks like it came out of someone’s father-in-law’s garden shed. It is made from what appears to be found timber and bicycle wheels but also has bronze elements just to add a bit more visual and historical weight. A silver model of Concorde is stuck in a mass of bronze in Mach 2, neither the model or the original are going nowhere and his Ferris Wheel is wonderfully mad, a work his spiritual grandfather would have been proud of – ceramic drinking cups are attached to a motorized bicycle wheel and a mouse could easily topple the complex structure.

It is the heady joy of these objects that brings a smile to the face of even the dourest viewer. That so many of his works are translated into such a staid material (bronze) makes the viewer realize how considered, how constructed, how sophisticated they are. For those unfamiliar with the process, bronze casting is a labor of love and the significant word is labor. These works at first look thrown together, jokey, but on inspection we see they are much more complex and they have been hard fought struggles to come into being and that makes the smile grow even a bit wider.

Michael Petry 2014

 

6 comments

  1. Pingback: Chelsea Alumni Alex J Wood exhibits work at Gifted exhibition, Chart gallery London
  2. Danielle Dax

    love your work Alex. I am a student at chelsea BA year1 and having so much fun. I work in sculpture and instillations and you are a true inspiration to me. xxxxx

    • Alex J Wood

      Hi Danielle
      Thanks so much for your comments – Im sure I responded via email closer too the time, but I hope that your enjoying the course. I loved it at Chelsea. Looking forward to seeing your interim show.

  3. Neil

    Hi Alex
    I love the work and the translation of the drawings, what was your research topic at MA-Chelsea? What or who would you say were early influences that secure in your personal ideation?
    Regards
    Neil

    • Alex J Wood

      Hi Neil, British Eccentricity and model making is a big part of my practice. That was and is still my current main research subject with in my practice – ideas of obsessiveness. Early influences I guess would be Heath Robinson with his amazing drawings of contraptions. Anish Kapoor too very much recently.

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