‘Blimp’, Card and silvered newspaper, 2014
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.
Tokyo, Fairground Sculpture – Chairoplane
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.
These images below are ‘in progress’ where I have been incorporating motors. I have combined unusual materials including carpet gripper with in this piece.
Wind Farm Model – Creation in Progress
This involves an unsteady floor and kinetic elements including fans.
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.
APPLIED IMAGINATION, 111 GT TITCHFIELD STREET
INSTALLATION VIEW of “CONSUMERIST CULTURE” by
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.
‘PLINTH TOWERS’ – PG Dip ‘Final, Final’ Show. July 2012. Chelsea College of Art, London
Installation Photographs of my PG Dip ‘Final Final’ Show at Chelsea