Celestial, Bronze, 2016 – The Picton Art Prize
I am delighted to have been chosen as the winner of The Picton Art Prize, a new public sculpture award.
Below are some photographs of Celestial, Patinated verdigris bronze, 200CM X 240CM X 125CM, 2016 which is now installed at Angel Gate Islington, London.
Photographs are by Jasper Fry.
More information about the prize can be found here.
Celestial in Press:
‘An angel rises in Islington as emerging star artist creates celestial public sculpture’. UAL News. 28 April 2016
Edward Lucie-Smith – “This young artist is a big star in the making”
‘An Actual Angel In Islington’, May 1 2016. Tabish Khan, Art Critic, Londonist.com
‘STATE/f22’ Magazine Issue 21 | Mike van Joel & Anna McNay | Currently available at Mayor Gallery Cork Street, Jonathan Ross Gallery 286 Earls Court Road & ART 16 at Kensington Olympia fair as well as numerous other galleries. Please click here to view the page.
‘Public Sculpture Unveilings: Alex J Wood And Frances Segelman Commissions Revealed’, ArtLyst, 22-05-2016
Postcard at FOLD Gallery
I am exhibiting a couple of drawings in Postcard at Fold Gallery (158 New Cavendish St London W1W 6YW) in conjunction with ArtBox London which benefits people with learning disabilities. For more information on the exhibition please see FAD Magazine’s article here. The opening times and Private View are as follows:
Private View: Thursday 20th August 6 – 9PM
Exhibition Open: Friday 21st to Thursday 27th August 3 – 6PM
Closing Night: Thursday 27th August 6 – 9PM
Penguin: Little Black Classics Commission
(Of Street Piemen by Henry Mayhew)
The First “Rocket”
International Space Station, Patinated Bronze, 2014
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