Hidden Depths

Hidden Depths, Patinated Verdigris Bronze, 2014. Private Collection USA

Hidden Depths, Patinated Verdigris Bronze, 2014. Private Collection USA

Hidden Depths (Side View)

Hidden Depths (Side View), Private Collection USA

‘Hidden Depths’
Patinated Bronze
2014
Private Collection, USA

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

Chinese Views

Chinese Views, is a limited edition artist book published in 2015 with hand drawn illustrations.

Graf Zeppelin in The Forbidden City

Graf Zeppelin in The Forbidden City

Shanghai

Shanghai

Tiananmen Square with ISS coming into view

Tiananmen Square with ISS coming into viewTiananmen Square

Shanghai view from The Bund

Shanghai view from The Bund – And the new tower emerging…

Touch Down

Touch Down

Out of Control

Out of Control

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.

Time Flies A-N Magazine Review

A review of the Tension Exhibition has just gone online, and my sculpture ‘Time Flies’ is mentioned. You can read the review on the AN website written by David Minton, at http://www.a-n.co.uk/interface/reviews/single/4243197

“In Alex Wood’s ‘Time Flies’, it has flown; absence and loss infuse the piece. A model of Big Ben lies on a shelf. From it is suspended a model (or are they toys?) Zeppelin (R34) with RAF roundels; they wait vainly in palpable silence for the child’s return. Notions of model and toy echo distinctions – tensions even – between art and non- art objects, concept and form, the possibilities of objects. “

'Time Flies'

‘Time Flies’

‘Time Flies’, at Tension Exhibition

I am showing a new sculpture Time Flies at Tension, an exhibition at the Kaleidoscope Gallery in Sevenoaks, Kent.
The work combines a scale model card kit Big Ben and a paper Zeppelin, based on the British R34 Zeppelin and a story I recently heard of the R101 flying over Fleet Street, directly above the Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese Pub.

You can read a review of the Exhibition on the AN website written by David Minton, at http://www.a-n.co.uk/interface/reviews/single/4243197

“In Alex Wood’s ‘Time Flies’, it has flown; absence and loss infuse the piece. A model of Big Ben lies on a shelf. From it is suspended a model (or are they toys?) Zeppelin (R34) with RAF roundels; they wait vainly in palpable silence for the child’s return. Notions of model and toy echo distinctions – tensions even – between art and non- art objects, concept and form, the possibilities of objects. “

SITE CCW Alumni Exhibition

Photographs of the CCW SITE Alumni Exhibition

Up, Up & Away! – This is a new sculpture that I created since graduating from Chelsea that combines card and tissue paper with bronze.
The curation of the SITE CCW exhibition I thought was really interesting – with Slick in between the illustrations behind.

GIFTED Private View at Chart Gallery

Photos from last nights private view at The GIFTED Exhibition.
The show is open Wednesdays – Sunday (and by appointment) until 24 December, with late openings on Thursday nights.
Hope you can see the show.

Kinkaku Ji, Bronze

Kinkaku Ji, Bronze

Too Slick

Too Slick

Pagoda Roosters, Bronze

Pagoda Roosters, Bronze

GIFTED Private View at CHART Gallery, 62 Old Church Street

GIFTED Private View at CHART Gallery, 62 Old Church Street

‘Mach 2′, Concorde and Bronze

‘Mach 2′, Concorde and Bronze

 

GIFTED

I am showing new work in this exhibition at CHART Gallery (62 Old Church Street) from Wednesday 4 – 24 December.
The Private View is this Wednesday 6-9PM
Hopefully see you there, 
Alex

GIFTED

Avenir Magazine Exhibition Review

I’m mentioned in this review from Avenir Magazine…

CHELSEA COLLEGE OF ART MA SHOW
September 16, 2013

THE INTERTWINING OF THE REAL AND THE IMAGINARY

Chelsea College, 6 – 12 September 2013

Get ready before going to Chelsea’s MA show; bring water because you’re in for a long run. The show expands on 4 blocks, 9 floors and more space than you would expect.

The exhibition is a refreshing leap into the fictional part of Art, every detail seems to be created like an imaginary space mixing reality with fiction. Even with the obvious toilet sign placed on the door, one might still push the door with curiosity ‘is this really a toilet? Or is the artist playing tricks on us?’

The show featured a variety of talent from David Lane’s constructed cash points, fake Carphone Warehouse storefront’s plunder and satiric public monument, to Alex J Wood’s sculptures of what it appears to be transportation crashes.

Ken Malory’s life after rust of an object; bringing a beauty crafted by time and nature, alongside with Nia Lessard’s collection of fragments of lives; an organized time capsule of found objects, and Vanessa Hodgkinson’s museum of the future; focusing on being told how to think, and Zahra Jaan’s interpretation of mass consumption through her textile designs.

You feel the artists’ critic of today’s society, a wish to revolutionize it; bringing personal and intellectual influence in order to denunciate the reality of nowadays social and environmental struggles with an artistic and fictional approach.

It’s a delightful exhibition worth taking time to explore, and an interesting message and thoughts to process after it, giving a nice feeling for tomorrow’s art.

                                                                            Valentine Comar

Click here to see the review at its original source:
http://avenirmagazine.com/art/chelsea-college-of-art-ma-show

We Have Lift Off! Bronze hot air balloon

We Have Lift Off!
Bronze hot air balloon, Private Collection

 

MA SHOW

My MA Show – Open Now. Come and check it out at Chelsea College of Art



Studio

A view of my studio with the plane in progress. I have been working on making the propellers spinning and now in the process of hiding the cable. Some visitors came and we spoke about the positioning of the plane on the rope bridge, how it will look like its crashed… Possibly.

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We Have Lift Off! The Montgolfier

Since seeing the Montgolfier balloon at the Science museum and discovering that was the first flight I’ve begun to become really interested in balloons.

I’ve thought about creating a balloon in spot weld wire and stretching fabric across – but thought it would show the frame too much. Or in paper mâché similar to their original balloon. Again though it becomes a mere copy.

I’ve started though work on a bronze hot air balloon. I’ve created a mould for the top and I’m carving the shape of the balloon by hand now out of the plaster core. This will then have the wax applied too it and ultimately become bronze.

The octagonal – almost Russian Constructivist balloon I really like. It’s sharp lines accentuate its form. Here is the finished result now in  a private collection in London.

We Have Lift Off! Bronze hot air balloon

We Have Lift Off!, Bronze, Private Collection

We Have Lift Off! - Bronze hot air balloon

We Have Lift Off! Bronze hot air balloon, Private Collection

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Taking Off! Bi-Plane

I’ve been researching the various varnishes etc for the finishing on the plane and decided on a Deep Mahogany for the wings. I also found a thick copper wire which I have used between the supports. I’m debating whether to add quirky elements to the plane.

Embarking on painting the plane is rather daunting as I want the finish of the plane to be totally perfect. I’ve begun to add brass screw eyes and I’m individually colouring the screws I’m using.

I’ve sourced a garden furniture wood stain, Country Cream to colour the back wings and the rudder but very hesitant to go ahead and colour the main wings. I’m edging the plane with Sanderson antique gold and adding gilding.

Taking Off!

Wright Bros Bi-Plane

Focusing upon the final show I’ve begun to create a bi-plane. The amazement of flying, the recent headlines surrounding the Dreamliner, my own long flight to Japan all led to me researching ‘flight’.

I discovered interesting facts, the wright bros started with gliders then moved to powered flights. The planes were crazily dangerous with the fuel line running directly underneath the one passenger – the pilot!

I found this quote very interesting:

“They also realized that trial-and-error with different wings on full-size gliders was too costly and time-consuming. Putting aside the three-wheel bicycle, they built a six-foot wind tunnel in their shop and conducted systematic tests on miniature wings from October to December 1901. The “balances” they devised and mounted inside the tunnel to hold the wings looked crude, made of bicycle spokes and scrap metal, but were “as critical to the ultimate success of the Wright brothers as were the gliders.”

I’ve begun to create my own bi plane – it’s fairly large scale with 7 foot wings. I’ve ordered propellers and making a rudder. Bronze is going to combined into the work. It’s based upon a model airfix bi plane – Kitty Hawk.

PLANE RESEARCH AT THE SCIENCE MUSEUM

I’ve been researching the early days of flying. The worlds first ever flight was in a hot sir balloon that nearly caught on fire. At the Science museum they have a whole gallery devoted to flight. The models there are really interesting and are a big influence on my work.

 

Down the Dori Exhibition London

Down the Dori Exhibition: Part Two. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Japan and this exhibition was great fun curating.

Below are some images from the Private View at The Cookhouse Gallery at Chelsea College of Art.

 


Down the Dori

I am showing in The Cookhouse the first week of July with the other people who I travelled to Japan with. The preview is 2 July 5-8PM.

The exhibition is supported by a catalogue which is being produced at the moment and also a joint publication which is being printed now. I will upload both as a downloadable PDF soon.

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Resonation and Amplification in Art and Noh Theatre

I have submitted a piece of writing to JAWS Journal, a University of the Arts Publication that promotes student writing and research.

My piece focuses on the cultural differences between theatre in the West compared to that of theatre in Japan. I also make reference to my own sculpture, Slickthat explores low-fi and high-fi materials with bronze and card.

Resonation and Amplification in Art and Noh Theatre


“The Noh is unquestionably one of the great arts of the world, and it is quite possibly one of the most recondite”
(Pound, E & Fenollosa, E. 1979)

As part of the CCW exchange, I went on a three-week trip to Japan and stayed at the Tokyo Wonder Site. Whilst there were distinct cultural contrasts between east and west, I also found many parallels between Tokyo’s people and places, and my own art practice. In this article, I am going to assert some of these similarities, by engaging with Zenchiku’s Chikubu-Shima; performed at the National Noh Theatre in Shibuya, Tokyo, during my stay.

In researching Noh beforehand, I found out that the floor is polished to enable better ‘gliding’ of actors, and that giant pots are buried underneath the stage, enabling sounds to resonate in the theatre space. These are components that I may have never been aware of during my own viewing, as they serve to amplify experience, rather than signify in-themselves. Through the actions that take place, Noh becomes more than purely theatre, and lends itself closer to a piece of performance art…

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Various

In Progress stages of works, including Nodding Donkey, Water Tower, American Windmill Etc.

Also installations including Wind Farm. This exhibition also features paintings by Sean Penlington, which we both curated together.

 

Oil Rig, Water Tower, Nodding Donkey & paintings by Sean Penlington

Oil Rig, Water Tower, Nodding Donkey & paintings by Sean Penlington

Nodding Donkey by Alex Wood & paintings by Sean Penlington

Nodding Donkey by Alex Wood & paintings by Sean Penlington

Ceramic Gull and Gilded found wood

Ceramic Gull and Gilded found wood

Oil Tower & Ventilator by Alex Wood & paintings by Sean Penlington

Oil Tower & Ventilator by Alex Wood & paintings by Sean Penlington

Fog Horn with 'Ear' Wax by Alex Wood & paintings by Sean Penlington

Fog Horn with ‘Ear’ Wax by Alex Wood & paintings by Sean Penlington

Fog Horn with 'Ear' Wax by Alex Wood

Fog Horn with ‘Ear’ Wax by Alex Wood

Fog Horn with 'Ear' Wax by Alex Wood & Paintings by Sean Penlington

Fog Horn with ‘Ear’ Wax by Alex Wood & Paintings by Sean Penlington

Oil Tower, Bronze and Slick

Oil Tower, Bronze and Slick

Water Tower (In Progress)

Water Tower (In Progress)

CATACLYSM – The Bear Pub Friday 8 March 2013

CATACLYSM
The Bear Pub – Friday 8 March 6-8pm
296 Camberwell New Road, SE5 0RP
Buses 36, 436 and 185 from Vauxhall Bridge Road to Sacred Hearts School

Featuring: Kelly Akers, Jennifer Hawkins, Cheryl Papasian & Alex Wood

CATACLYSM, Friday 8 March

CATACLYSM, Friday 8 March 6 – 8pm

Nodding Donkey

Nodding Donkey

Nodding Donkey

Nodding Donkey

Nodding Donkey

Nodding Donkey

Nodding Donkey

Nodding Donkey

Nodding Donkey

Nodding Donkey

Nodding Donkey

Nodding Donkey

Nodding Donkey

These images below are ‘in progress’ where I have been incorporating motors. I have combined unusual materials including carpet gripper with in this piece.

Detail of Nodding Donkey

Detail of Nodding Donkey

Nodding Donkey

Nodding Donkey

Slick (A Sandcast Bronze)

Slick (Definition: Smooth, Glossy & Slippery like Ice).

A 15kg bronze, polished complete with the ball bearing sized droplets from when it was poured represents the Oil we all use… Its appearance is suggestive of an oil slick on water, yet juxtaposed against the bronze is a low-fi model I created of the monumental Titanic. Perched precariously on top the card model crashes into the slick bronze slab creating a contrast of materials, suggesting something may happen at any moment…

 

SlickSandcast bronze

Slick
Sandcast bronze

Slick (Detail)

Slick (Detail)

Slick (Detail)

Slick (Detail)

Slick (Detail)

Slick (Detail)

 

 

 

Sandcast Bronze, Oil Spill

This piece was created in one pour through sand-casting. The shape loosely references oil rigs and similar structures; it is a maquette for a larger piece I ma currently working on.

Oil Spill Bronze

Oil Spill The textured surface underneath i created in the sand with various objects as the bronze picks up the tiniest and most intricate of details.

Detail, underside of Oil Spill

Detail, Underside of Oil Spill

Untitled (Ventilator)

This creation is partially inspired by the tubing structures that feature in factories and other settings similar to that.

It incorporates found metal, glazed ceramic and electric fans which I intend to control through a programme on an Arduino.

Ceramic  - Detail of Ventilator

Ceramic Detail

Untitled (Ventilator)

Untitled (Ventilator)

Untitled (Ventilator)

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Oil Rig or Platforms

I have begun to create oil rig type structures or ‘platforms’, exploring the idea that they could become redundant in the future, and also an awe of their intricate structure. They are colossal and most are decommissioned. However some are for sale:

“Well-maintained 20-room platform for sale. Panoramic sea views and a Heli deck.”

“If it is not purchased, the North Sea drilling platform will have to be decommissioned and disassembled by the current owners.”

This really interests me, and I have begun to create kinetic models using low-fi materials. Combined with the low-fi materials are also bronzes, and fine porcelain with gold lustres and gilded elements. It creates a juxtaposition between the materials.

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Porcelain and Gold

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Wood and Bronze

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APPLIED IMAGINATION, 111 GT TITCHFIELD STREET

APPLIED IMAGINATION, 111 GT TITCHFIELD STREET

Overview of 'Consumerist Culture' by Papasian Wood

'Oil Rig', Bronze and LED Lights

INSTALLATION VIEW of “CONSUMERIST CULTURE” by
PAPASIAN WOOD
APPLIED IMAGINATION, 111 GREAT TITCHFIELD STREET

Cheryl Papasian and Alex Wood, (collaboratively known as Papasian Wood) have exhibited together for several shows including Lots of Lollys in Delfina Gallery for the 2012 Bermondsey Street Festival. In this exhibition, Papasian Wood collaborate by creating a piece titled Consumerist Culture involving a rock climbing wall and colourful ceramic plinths. It incorporates bright lights and glossy surfaces that reflect the slick façade of contemporary society.

Lots of Lollys – Papasian Wood, Delfina Gallery, Bermondsey

“LOTS OF LOLLYS” by Papasian Wood
Delfina Gallery Private View,
Bermondsey Street Festival
Saturday 22 September

Alex Wood and Cheryl Papasian present a collaborative artwork entitled “Lots of Lollys”, involving 8000 lolly sticks, factory lighting, and wooden candy floss canes. The result, a cage like structure that the viewer can enter and explore, and interact with.

Lots of Lollys