Ceramic Seagull and found wood, gilded.
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.
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
These images below are ‘in progress’ where I have been incorporating motors. I have combined unusual materials including carpet gripper with in this piece.
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…
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.
The textured surface underneath i created in the sand with various objects as the bronze picks up the tiniest and most intricate of details.
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.
Installation Photographs of my PG Dip ‘Final Final’ Show at Chelsea
Bronze Sculptures, featured in ‘Plinth Towers’
Pg Dip Final Final Show, Chelsea College of Art, London. July 2012.
Alex Wood’s plinths, tower above the viewer creating a sense of jeopardy and instability. The feeling of precariousness that the sculptures create is heightened by the imminent threat of collapse. Exploring the relationships of monumentality and the un-monumental.
Alex combines low-fi materials which include timber, wax, ceramic and discarded debris in his sculptures. Towering buildings and architecture can appear to teeter on the brink. Alex pushes this feeling of precariousness to it’s limit with his sculptures.