Viewing Room / John Wood and Paul Harrison – Frieze Sculpture 2022

The kind of signs you see in a park, but not the signs you see in a park.
They don’t point you anywhere, tell you anything or ask anything of you.
They point at themselves, tell you things you already know and only ask you to have a little think.
The kind of think you’d have in a park.

John Wood (b.1969, Hong Kong) and Paul Harrison (b.1966, Wolverhampton) make things that move and things that don’t, things that are flat and things that are not, things that are mildly amusing and things that are definitely not. They make works that form a kind of reference manual for how to do, make, build, or draw things that you probably never want to do, make, build, or draw. They do it for you. Even though you don’t need them to. This attempt to compile an encyclopaedia of the everyday, started in 1993 after they met at art college.
Recent solo exhibitions include: ‘Bored’, Gallery Cristin Tierney, New York (2021); ‘Words Made of Atoms’, Gallery von Bartha, S-chanf, Switzerland (2020); ‘As logical as possible’, Kunstverein Arnsberg, Germany (2017).
Recent group exhibitions include: ‘Fresh Window’, MUDAM, Luxemburg (2019); ‘On Struggling to remain present when you want to disappear’, OCAT Museum, Shanghai, China (2018); ‘[Re]construct’, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield (2017).
Selected solo museum shows: 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.
Selected group shows:  ‘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.
Selected screenings: MoMA, Queens, New York; MOCA, Los Angeles; Tate Modern, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden; De Appel, Amsterdam, Netherlands; National Theatre, London.
Selected collections: 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.