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Wood & Harrison  UK

(John Wood & Paul Harrison)
Rank (2014): 1358 – 


Wood & Harrison, Sheep Entertainment
Sheep Entertainment, 2012
West Den Haag

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United Kingdom 29
Germany 14
USA 12
France 10
Switzerland 10

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Gary Hume  1159 9
João Onofre  664 7
Euan MacDonald  2402 7
Douglas Gordon  24 7

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  von Bartha Garage, Switzerland 5
  Vera Cortês Agência de Arte, Portugal 4
  FA Projects, United Kingdom 3
  Galerie Martine Aboucaya, France 3

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John Wood and Paul Harrison explore the physical and psychological parameters of the world around them through a series of immaculately constructed video works, informative and uninformative text pieces, drawings, doodles and half thoughts, and quite useful sculptures. As trust and support, and cause and effect are played out through simple material and conceptual gestures, the artists question and ultimately affirm a human position in the world that is essentially positive.

Since Wood and Harrisons first collaboration in 1993, their video works have evolved from single shot studies filmed against neutral backgrounds to longer pieces in which a sequence of actions unfold within constructed locations that have more implicit meaning and contribute to greater narrative complexity. 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 10×10 (2011), a camera appears to track down the outside of an office block, looking into a series of identical rooms. In each scenario, stories are implied but not explained as solitary characters manipulate the office furniture and other objects in order to pass the time. Time is also being passed in Bored Astronauts on the Moon (2011). On the moon, the artists have found a location in which the earthly parameters of time, space and gravity, the very parameters that have been so rigorously tested in earlier works, do not apply and, consequently, it would appear that they have nothing to do. Yet, while pointing up the absurdity of so many earthly concerns, Wood and Harrison still communicate an affirmation of place and purpose, despite their apparent idleness. Even here, there are things that happen.

John Wood and Paul Harrison have had major solo exhibitions at Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; Kunstmuseum Thun, Switzerland; Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo. Selected group shows include British Council Touring, China; Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw; Kunsthalle Tallin, Estonia; Whitechapel Gallery, London. Works held in collections include MoMA, New York; Tate, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; The Arts Council Collection, British Council Collection, and the Government Art Collection, UK.

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Public exhibitions (Selection) 117  Please report missing Information

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   John Wood & Paul Harrison - Schafhof - Europäisches Künstlerhaus Oberbayern, Freising

   John Wood And Paul Harrison - Love Song - Vera Cortês Agência de Arte, Lisbon
   Harrison & Wood - Work of Fiction - Studio Trisorio - Napoli, Naples
   John Wood and Paul Harrison - Dreams and Broken Things - von Bartha Garage, Basel

   John Wood and Paul Harrison: Things That Happen - Carroll / Fletcher, London
   Answers To Questions: John Wood And Paul Harrison - Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN

   BORED ASTRONAUTS ON THE MOON - Martine Aboucaya, Paris
   John Wood / Paul Harrison - von Bartha Chesa, S-chanf
   Answers to Questions - H&R Block Artspace at Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO
   Answers to Questions: John Wood & Paul Harrison - Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX

   John Wood and Paul Harrison: No beginning - No middle - No end - Kunstmuseum Thun, Thun
   John Wood / Paul Harrison - No Beginning - No Middle - No End - von Bartha Garage, Basel

   John Wood / Paul Harrison - von Bartha Garage, Basel
   Notebook - NRW-Forum Kultur und Wirtschaft, Dusseldorf
   John Wood & Paul Harrison - Musée Départemental d'Art Contemporain de Rochechouart, Rochechouart
   No Time - Vera Cortês Agência de Arte, Lisbon
Description and image  Some words. Some more words - Ikon Gallery, Birmingham
   John Wood & Paul Harrison - Studio Trisorio - Napoli, Naples
   John Wood & Paul Harrison - - Studio Trisorio - Roma, Rome (closed)

   Notebook 2004 - Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts - PICA, Perth, WA

   MAM Project 005_John Wood and Paul Harrison - Mori Art Museum, Tokyo

   Paul Harrison & John Wood - Selected Works - Ffotogallery @ Turner House, Penarth, Wales
   John Wood and Paul Harrison - Ludwig Museum - Museum of Contemporary Art - Budapest, Budapest

   John Wood & Paul Harrison - - FA Projects, London (closed, 2009)

Description  Media Test Wall - Selections of Videos by John Wood and Paul Harrison - MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA
   John Wood & Paul Harrison - - FA Projects, London (closed, 2009)
   John Wood and Paul Harrison: Luton - Mercer Union - A Centre For Contemporary Visual Art, Toronto, ON

   John Wood & Paul Harrison - Drawing and Falling Things - Chisenhale Gallery, London

   Cartography - Spike Island, Bristol
   Alternate Routes - Artcite, Windsor, Ontario

   John Wood and Paul Harrison - Obstacle Course - John Hansard Gallery, Southampton


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Description  Why Can't Minimal - Justina M Barnicke Gallery, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
   Höhenrausch 2014 - OK Offenes Kulturhaus OÖ, Linz
   A book between two stools - Villa Empain - Boghossian Foundation, Brussels

   Dublin Doubles - Voorkamer, Lier
   Manoeuvres - Voorkamer, Lier
Description  The World Turned Upside Down - Buster Keaton, Sculpture and the Absurd - Mead Gallery - Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry
Description  Neuland! - Macke, Gaugin Und Andere Entdecke - Kunsthalle in Emden, Emden
   Slapstick! - Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg
   Crossing Media – Der Kunst die Bühne - Villa Merkel - Galerien der Stadt Esslingen, Esslingen
   Workplace - Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston, Lancashire
   Langages - Entre le dire et le faire - Centre Culturel Calouste Gulbenkian, Paris
   Super 8 - Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
   From Page to Space / Vom Blatt zum Raum - Kunsthaus Kaufbeuren, Kaufbeuren
   Workplace - Mead Gallery - Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry

Description, image and works of art Galerie WestUnrelated Incidents by John Wood and Paul Harrison - Galerie West, The Hague Send message
Description  From Page to Space - Galerija Murska Sobota, Murska Sobota
   Mardin Bienali 2012 - Mardin Biennial, Mardin
   SUPER 8 - Part 2 - Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
   Off the Beaten Track - von Bartha Garage, Basel
   Made In Britain - Contemporary Art From The British Council Collection 1980 - 2010 - National Gallery of Arts - Tirana, Tirana
   Open Space 2012 - NTT InterCommunication Center [ICC], Tokyo
   BEYOND TIME - INTERNATIONAL VIDEO ART TODAY - Kulturhuset Stockholm, Stockholm
   SUPER 8 - Part 1 - Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
   Tourne - Toi - Martine Aboucaya, Paris
   Super 8 - Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

   Et si l’espace n’était qu’une dimension intérieure - Abbaye St André - Centre d'art contemporain Meymac, Meymac
   Super 8 - Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
   Made in Britain: Contemporary Art from the British Council Collection 1980–2010 - Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Hong Kong
   Mr. Memory - Martine Aboucaya, Paris
   Model Vs Reality - Fold Gallery, London
   I Do Like Drawings - von Bartha Garage, Basel
   Ffilm 3 - Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea, Wales
   Fear in the Black Box - Trafo House of Contemporary Art, Budapest

   La méthode graphique et autres lignes - Galerie Edouard-Manet, Genevilliers
   The Artist In The (Art) Society - Emil Filla Gallery / Galerie Emila Filly, Ústí nad Labem
   Ecce Homo Ludens - Musée Régional D'Art Contemporain Languedoc-Roussillon, Sérignan
   2 de Copas - Vera Cortês Agência de Arte, Lisbon

   Best of Loop - MOCA Pacific Design Center, West Hollywood, CA
   SPACE REVISED // #2 Verbleib unbekannt - Künstlerhaus Bremen, Bremen
   Drawing 2009 Biennal Fundraiser - The Drawing Room, London
   Supernova - Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea, Wales

   I Am Making Art: 4 estudios sobre el cuerpo del artista - Centro Huarte de Arte Contemporáneo, Huarte
Description  Fresh Out of the Box - The New Art Gallery Walsall, Walsall, West Midlands
   trava-linguas (tongue-twister) - Vera Cortês Agência de Arte, Lisbon
   Weder Entweder Noch Oder - Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart
   MONOCHROME - Drawings & Prints - Rabley Contemporary Drawing Centre, Marlborough, Wiltshite
   ARTfutures 2008 - Bloomberg Space, London
   All that Cinema - Ludwig Museum - Museum of Contemporary Art - Budapest, Budapest
   Diptychs - - FA Projects, London (closed, 2009)
   Long Distance Information - Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, Dhaka

   Les Jeux sont faits - Kunsthalle Palazzo, Liestal
   Breaking Step - U raskoraku - Muzej savremene umetnosti Beograd, Belgrade
   I am making Art - Chapitre 2 - Processus, Durée, Répétition - Centre d´Art Contemporain Geneve, Geneva
   ART Futures - Bloomberg Space, London
   You’ll Never Know - Tullie House Museum, Carlisle, Cumbria

   You'll Never Know - The New Art Gallery Walsall, Walsall, West Midlands
   sans gravité - Villa du Parc - Centre d'Art Contemporain, Annemasse
   Supernova - Jan Koniarek Gallery, Trnava
   European Media Art Festival - Smart Art - Kunsthalle Dominikanerkirche, Osnabruck
   What makes you and I different - Tramway, Glasgow, Scotland

   Supernova - Contemporary Art Centre (CAC), Vilnius
   Irreducible - Bronx Museum of the Arts (BxMA), New York City, NY
   to be continued…/jaatku… - Taidehalli - Kunsthalle Helsinki, Helsinki
   Supernova - Tallinna Kunstihoone / Tallinn Art Hall, Tallinn
   Irreducible - Contemporar Short Form Video - Miami Art Central, Miami, FL
   Mixed Doubles - Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburg, PA
Description and image  Still Life - Naturaleza muerta arte contemporáneo británico y peruano - Museo de Arte de Lima - MALI, Lima
   Irreducible - CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, CA

   RealismusStudio - Spielformen der Bewusstseinsindustrie - Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst (NGBK), Berlin
   Art Now - Lightbox - Tate Britain, London
   DENSITÉ ±0 - Fri Art - Centre d'Art Contemporain, Fribourg
   Unlimited Edition - BCA gallery - Bedford Creative Arts, Bedford, Bedfordshire

   Orifice - ACCA - Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, VIC
   printemps de septembre - Printemps de Septembre, Toulouse
   I Bienal de Jafre - Bienal de Jafre, Jafre, Girona
   Modesty - Galerija Skuc, Ljubljana

   performing buildings - Moderna Museet, Stockholm
   4th Gwangju Biennale - PAUSE - Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju

   4e Manifestation Internationale Vidéo et Art Électronique - champ libre, Montreal, QC
   Squeeze - Spike Island, Bristol

   British Art Show 5 - Chapter Gallery, Cardiff, Wales
Description  Let's go to work - - Marcel Sitcoske Gallery, San Francisco, CA (closed, 2003)

   Physical Evidence - Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

   3. Werkleitz Biennale - sub fiction - Werkleitz Biennale, Halle, Saale

   2. Werkleitz Biennale - Cluster Images - Werkleitz Biennale, Halle, Saale
   Instant - Tramway, Glasgow, Scotland


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 Galerie Martine Aboucaya, Paris


 Studio Trisorio - Napoli, Naples


 Vera Cortês Agência de Arte, Lisbon


 von Bartha Collection, Basel
 von Bartha Garage, Basel

United Kingdom

 Carroll / Fletcher, London


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 Musée Régional D'Art Contemporain Languedoc-Roussillon, Sérignan

United Kingdom

 Tate Britain, London
 The New Art Gallery Walsall, Walsall, West Midlands


 Los Angeles County Museum of Art - LACMA, Los Angeles, CA
 Missoula Art Museum MAM, Missoula, MT


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