/ John Wood and Paul Harrison, Square buildings, 2019. Oil paint on paper. 26 x (65 x 50 cm)
/ Exhibition view: Gonçalo Barreiros + John Wood and Paul Harrison. 9-15 July 2020.
/ John Wood and Paul Harrison, 6 orange chairs, 2018. Chairs, oil paint. 6 x (74 x 51 x 50 cm)
/ John Wood and Paul Harrison, 3 paint trays, 2019. Paint trays, oil paint. 3 x (70 x 30 x 40 cm)
/ John Wood and Paul Harrison, White fire extinguisher, 2018. Fire extinguisher, oil paint. 60 x 20 x 20 cm
/ John Wood and Paul Harrison, 90 Degree Drawing series, 2013. Permanent marker pen on paper. 4 x (100 x 100 cm)
/ John Wood and Paul Harrison, Projected Screen, 2019. Slide projector and slides. Variable dimensions
/ John Wood and Paul Harrison, This is a Projection (projector version), 2019. Slide projector and slides. Variable dimensions
/ John Wood and Paul Harrison, A film about the city, 2015. Plywood and mixed media 10 tables. 10 x (100 x 200 x 120 cm). Exhibition view: Other plans, Galeria Vera Cortês, 2017
/ John Wood and Paul Harrison, A film about the city, 2015. Plywood and mixed media 10 tables. 10 x (100 x 200 x 120 cm)
/ John Wood and Paul Harrison, Broken Chair, 2016. HD / Single channel, tripod and projector. 15”
/ John Wood and Paul Harrison, Blue plastic chair 2, 2016. Permanent marker on paper. 100 × 70 cm
/ John Wood and Paul Harrison, 2 dimensional drawing, 2016. Pencil on paper. 29.7 x 42 cm
/ John Wood and Paul Harrison, Word, 2016. Ink on paper. 29.7 x 42 cm
/ John Wood and Paul Harrison, Autobiographical drawing, 2016. Pencil on paper. 29.7 x 42 cm
/ John Wood and Paul Harrison, Orange plastic chair, 2016. Permanent marker on paper. 100 × 70 cm
/ John Wood and Paul Harrison, from the series Some Words, Some More Words, 2009. Giclee print. 90 x 70 cm
/ Exhibition view, John Wood and Paul Harrison, Love song, Vera Cortês Art Agency, 2014
/ John Wood and Paul Harrison, 13 assassinations, 2013. DV, single channel, 16:9, 7’ 00”
John Wood and Paul Harrison make single-channel videos, multi-screen video installations, prints, drawings, and sculptures that elegantly fuse advanced aesthetic research with existential comedy. The artists’ spare, to-the-point works feature the actions of their own bodies, a wide variety of static and moving props, or combinations of both to illustrate the triumphs and tribulations of making art and having a life. The videos maintain a strict internal logic, with the action directly related to the duration of the work. Inside this ‘logical world’ action is allowed to happen for no apparent reason, tensions build between the environment and its inhabitant, play is encouraged and the influences on the work are intentionally mixed. In their not-always- successful experiments with movement and materials, many of which critic Tom Lubbock has described as “sculptural pratfalls,” Wood and Harrison employ exuberant invention, subtle slapstick, and a touch of light-hearted melancholy to reveal the inspiration and perspiration — as well as the occasional hint of desperation — behind all creative acts.
John Wood (b.1969, Hong Kong) and Paul Harrison (b.1966, Wolverhampton) met in 1989 at the Bath College of Higher Education, and have worked together since 1993.
A selection of solo museum shows includes:CAMH, Houston, USA; Mori Museum, Tokyo, Japan; Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK; Frist Centre, Nashville, USA; Kunstmuseum Thun, Switzerland; Chateau de Rochechouart, France; Ludwig Museum, Budapest, Hungary.
They participated in several group shows, including: ‘Art Now’, Lightbox, Tate Britain, London; ’Slapstick’; Kunstmuseum, Wolfsburg, Germany; ’Private Utopia’ British Council Touring, Japan; ’Super 8’, Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil; ’Open Space’, ICC, Tokyo, Japan; ’Mardin Bienali, Mardin, Turkey; ’Made in Britain’, British Council Touring, China; ’Richard of York Gave Battle in Vain’, Whitechapel Gallery, London, England; ’You’ll never know’, Hayward Gallery Touring, UK; ’New British Video’, MoMA, New York, USA.
Their video works have been screened in multiple institutions, such as MoMA, Queens, New York; MOCA, Los Angeles; Tate Modern, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden; De Appel, Amsterdam, Netherlands; National Theatre, London.
John Wood and Paul Harrison’s work is represented in several public and private collections, including: Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate, London; Arts Council Collection; British Council Collection; Centre Pompidou Collection; FNAC, France; Government Art Collection; Kadist Foundation, Paris; Ludwig Collection, Aachen.
John Wood(Hong Kong, 1969) e Paul Harrison (Wolverhampton, 1966) trabalham de forma colaborativa desde 1993.
Exploram o mundo ao seu redor através de uma série de obras de vídeo construídas imaculadamente, peças de texto úteis e inúteis, desenhos, rabiscos e pensamentos incompletos e esculturas bastante úteis. Enquanto os conceitos de confiança e apoio e causa e efeito são operados através de materiais simples e gestos conceituais, os artistas questionam e, em última instância, afirmam uma posição do homem no mundo que é essencialmente positiva.
Uma selecção das suas exposições individuais inclui: Some Things Are Hard to Explain (InterCommunication Center, Tokyo, Japão), Erdkunde: The Study of the Earth (Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Bristol, UK), John Wood and Paul Harrison (Museo de Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia), Answers to Questions (Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, EUA), No Beginning No Middle No End (Kunstmuseum Thun, Thun, Suíça), Deadpan (Pacific Design Centre, Los Angeles, E.U.A.), Some Words, Some More Words (Galeria Ikon, Birmingham, Inglaterra).
Das coletivas em que participaram destacam-se In Ascents: Light art Festival (Stuttgart, Alemanha), Diamonds always come in small packages (Kunstmuseum Luzern, Suíça), Eppur Si Muove: Art and Technology, a Shared Sphere (MUDAM, Luxemburgo), Private Utopia. British Council Touring Exhibition (Kochi Museum of Art, Japão. Okayama Museum of Art, Japão. Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Nova Zelândia), Un Nouveau Festival (Centre Pompidou, Paris, França), Slapstick (Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Alemanha), Super 8 (Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil), Le Geste Premier (bbb, Centre d’art Toulouse, França), 12 From Number 10 (Whitechapel Gallery, Londres, Inglaterra), Supertemporal Kulturhuset (Estocolmo, Suécia), Open Space (ICC, Tokyo, Japão) e Mardin Bienali (Mardin, Turquia).