Tagged: Models

‘Blimp’, Card and silvered newspaper, 2014

Detail of 'Blimp', Card and silvered newspaper, 2014

Detail of ‘Blimp’, Card and silvered newspaper, 2014

'Blimp', Card and silvered newspaper, 2014

‘Blimp’, Card and silvered newspaper, 2014

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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

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.

 

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

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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