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. Together, they make single-channel videos, multi-screen video installations, prints, drawings, and sculptures that elegantly fuse advanced aesthetic research with existential comedy. In their not-always- successful experiments with movement and materials, many of which critic Tom Lubbock 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. Recent solo exhibitions include: John Wood and Paul Harrison, Museo de Antioquia, Medellin, Columbia; Answers to questions, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; No beginning, no middle, no end, Kunstmuseum Thun, Switzerland; and Some words, some more words, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham. Recent group shows include: Private Utopia,British Council Touring (Japan); Works from the Berge Collection, Real Circulo Artistico de Barcelone, Spain; Bodily choreography, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw; Transformative practices, Kunstalle Tallin, Estonia; Richard of York Gave Battle in Vain, Whitechapel Gallery, London; and Open Space ICC, Tokyo. Their work is in many collections, including: MoMA, New York, Tate, London, Centre Pompidou, Paris, Arts Council Collection, British Council Collection, Government Art Collection, FNAC, France, and the Kadist Foundation, Paris. Wood and Harrison are represented by Martine Aboucaya, Paris, Vera Cortes Art Agency, Lisbon, Carroll / Fletcher, London, Von Bartha Garage, Basel, and Studio Trisorio, Naples.
Last updated: 24.09.2014