Category: Camberwell Residency

Suspension

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Springboard

Springboard at The Cookhouse, Chelsea college of arts. The private view is 11 November at 5.30pm and the exhibition runs until Friday 15 November 11-5pm.

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IMG_5919.JPGDiscovery Bronze and card, 2014

IMG_0559.JPGInstallation view Springboard Exhibition at the Cookhouse Chelsea College of Art

IMG_0609-0.JPG‘Apollo 11’, bronze and wax. Photograph courtesy of Giorgio Baldari

IMG_0927.JPGApollo 11, Bronze. Springboard Installation View

IMG_1662.JPGInternational Space Station. Photograph courtesy of Raymond Yiu

IMG_0865.JPGInternational Space Station and Discovery

DISINTER at the Crypt Euston Road

Some great photos by Giorgio Baldari of a couple of my sculptures at the show

IMG_9747.JPGThe Dirigibile, Brass and lead, 2014. Private Collection.

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Two Projectiles, Patinated bronze, 2014

Studio Photographs

Photographs taken by a professional London based photographer for his forthcoming book on artists and their studios.

Studio - Photographed by Nick Wood

Studio – Photographed by Nick Wood

ArtLyst Event

I exhibited some of my new Space Series Bronzes at the launch of a new ArtLyst event at Candid Arts Trust. It was great fun and here are some of the photos from the evening. Michael Petry spoke and there was a performance by Roberto Ekholm too.

 

Fly Me to the Moon! – Bronze Rocket

ROCKET BRONZE

‘Fly Me To the Moon’, Bronze, 2014 University of the Arts Collection, London

THRUSTS

Detail of: ‘Fly Me To the Moon’, Bronze, 2014 University of the Arts Collection, London

ROCKET DETAIL

Detail of: ‘Fly Me To the Moon’, Bronze, 2014 University of the Arts Collection, London

ROCKET 2

Detail of: ‘Fly Me To the Moon’, Bronze, 2014 University of the Arts Collection, London

Michael Petry Essay

Michael Petry, a really interesting artist and director of The Museum of Contemporary Art London has written about my work…

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

Space Bronzes

After returning from Beijing where I was researching new sculptures and also teaching, I started to bust my new bronzes out of the moulds… Its always super exciting seeing the results from the pour. I’ve been working on the bronzes for the last couple of weeks and this is as they are now.