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John Wood

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Personal statement

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 and Paul Harrison have work in the permanent collections of; MoMA, New York; Tate, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Arts Council Collection, British Council Collection, Government Art Collection; FNAC, France and Kadist Foundation, Paris

Academic qualifications

  • BA(Hons) Bath College of Higher Education

Research and academic outputs

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124 minutes
book

Wood, J and Harrison, P (2006) 124 minutes. Ffotogallery, Cardiff. ISBN 1872771645


John Wood and Paul Harrison
book_section

Wood, J, Harrison, P and De Wachter, E.M (2017) 'John Wood and Paul Harrison.' In: De Wachter, E.M, ed. Co-art: artists on creative collaboration. Phaidon, New York, NY, pp. 70-77. ISBN 9780714872889


Board (1993) + others
exhibition

Wood, J and Harrison, P (2017) Board (1993) + others. In: Body Media II, Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China, 29 April - 30 July 2017.


Device (1996) & Six boxes (1997)
exhibition

Wood, J and Harrison, P (2017) Device (1996) & Six boxes (1997). In: [Re]construct: An Arts Council Collection National Partners Exhibition, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, UK, 1 April - 25 June 2017.


Unrealistic mountaineers (2012)
exhibition

Wood, J and Harrison, P (2017) Unrealistic mountaineers (2012). In: First Star, Last Snowflake, Villa du Parc, Annemasse, France, 1 April - 10 June 2017.


Boat (1991) & Board (1993) & 3 Legged (1997) & Device (1996)
exhibition

Wood, J and Harrison, P (2017) Boat (1991) & Board (1993) & 3 Legged (1997) & Device (1996). In: Do Not Disturb, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France, 21 - 23 April 2017.


10 × 10 (2011) & Tall buildings (2011)
exhibition

Wood, J and Harrison, P (2017) 10 × 10 (2011) & Tall buildings (2011). In: Jeu et Diversion: Festival d'Art Contemporain - 9th Edition, Art Souterrain, Montreal, Canada, 4 - 26 March 2017.


Semi automatic painting machine (2014)
exhibition

Wood, J and Harrison, P (2017) Semi automatic painting machine (2014). In: Looking at One Thing and Thinking of Something Else - Part Four: Disrupt / Disorder / Display, Carroll/Fletcher Gallery, London, UK, 17 March - 29 April 2017.


As Logical as Possible
exhibition

Wood, J and Harrison, P (2017) As Logical as Possible. Kunstverein, Arnsberg, Germany, 17 – 25 February 2017.


Board (1993)
exhibition

Wood, J and Harrison, P (2017) Board (1993). In: The Order of Things, The Wilson, Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum, Cheltenham, UK, 28 January - 5 March 2017.


Other Plans
exhibition

Wood, J and Harrison, P (2017) Other Plans. Galeria Vera Cortês, Lisbon, Portugal, 27 January – 11 March 2017.


Six boxes (1997)
exhibition

Wood, J and Harrison, P (2017) Six boxes (1997). In: Why Can't Minimal, The Rooms, St. John's, NL, Canada, 14 January - 9 April 2017.


100 falls (2013) & One more kilometre (2009)
exhibition

Wood, J and Harrison, P (2016) 100 falls (2013) & One more kilometre (2009). In: A Laborious Dedication to Useless Tasks, The Deptford Project, London, UK, 26 - 27 November 2016.


Erdkunde (2015)
exhibition

Wood, J and Harrison, P (2016) Erdkunde (2015). In: Looking at One Thing and Thinking of Something Else - Part One: Dialogues with Art History, Carroll/Fletcher Gallery, London, UK, 11 November 2016 – 25 February 2017.


Night and day (2008)
exhibition

Wood, J and Harrison, P (2016) Night and day (2008). In: Ascents: Light Art Festival, Stuttgart, Germany, 17 September - 9 October 2016.


Some Things Were Recorded 1993-1998
exhibition

Wood, J and Harrison, P (2016) Some Things Were Recorded 1993-1998. Carroll/Fletcher, London, UK, 9 September- 29 October 2016.


I Didn't Know I Didn't Know It
exhibition

Wood, J and Harrison, P (2016) I Didn't Know I Didn't Know It. The Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada, 12 February - 24 April 2016.


360 points (2011)
exhibition

Wood, J and Harrison, P (2015) 360 points (2011). In: Thirty Shades of White, Praz-Delavallade, Paris, France, 28 November 2015 - 23 January 2016.


An Almost Identical Copy
exhibition

Wood, J and Harrison, P (2015) An Almost Identical Copy. Carroll/Fletcher, London, 24 April - 30 May 2015.


A selection of works from '500 Drawings' (2011 onwards)
exhibition

Wood, J and Harrison, P (2015) A selection of works from '500 Drawings' (2011 onwards). In: Diamonds Always Come in Small Packages, Kunstmuseum Luzern, Switzerland, 4 July - 11 October 2015.


Some Things are Undesigned
exhibition

Wood, J and Harrison, P (2015) Some Things are Undesigned. Gallery Von Bartha, Basel, Switzerland, 7 November 2015 - 23 January, 2016.


Some Things are Hard to Explain
exhibition

Wood, J and Harrison, P (2015) Some Things are Hard to Explain. ICC, Tokyo, Japan, 21 November 2015 - 21 February 2016.


Erdkunde: the study of the Earth
exhibition

Wood, J and Harrison, P (2015) Erdkunde: the study of the Earth. In: Bristol 2015: European Green Capital, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Bristol, UK, 19 September 2015 - 3 January 2016.


10 x 10 (2011) & Hundredweight (2003)
exhibition

Wood, J and Harrison, P (2014) 10 x 10 (2011) & Hundredweight (2003). In: Moving Space, OK Centre for Contemporary Art, Linz, Austria, 27 June-19 October 2014.


Six boxes (1997)
exhibition

Wood, J and Harrison, P (2014) Six boxes (1997). In: Why Can’t Minimal, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Toronto, Canada, 2 September-19 October 2014.


Pencil/line/eraser (2010) & Photocopier (2007) & 500 pieces of paper (2008)
exhibition

Wood, J and Harrison, P (2014) Pencil/line/eraser (2010) & Photocopier (2007) & 500 pieces of paper (2008). In: Pencil/Line/Eraser, Carroll / Fletcher, London, 1 August-13 September 2014.


66.86m (2003)
exhibition

Wood, J and Harrison, P (2014) 66.86m (2003). In: A Book Between Two Stools, Boghossian Foundation, Villa Empain, Brussels, 1 March-7 September 2014.


Table and chairs (2001) & 3D bucket (2001) & 66.86m (2003)
exhibition

Wood, J and Harrison, P (2014) Table and chairs (2001) & 3D bucket (2001) & 66.86m (2003). In: Private Utopia: Contemporary Art from the British Council Collection, Toyko Station Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, 18 January-9 March 2014.


1000 songs
exhibition

Wood, J and Harrison, P (2014) 1000 songs. In: Conversations Sur L’Invisible, Galerie Martine Aboucaya, Paris, 31 January-11 April 2015.


In some film
exhibition

Wood, J and Harrison, P (2014) In some film. In: Site Festival, SVA (Stroud Valleys Artspace), Stroud, 10-25 May 2014.


Wood y Harrison: Cual Para Tal
exhibition

Wood, J and Harrison, P (2014) Wood y Harrison: Cual Para Tal. Museo de Antioquia, Medellin, Columbia, 16 July-5 October 2014.


John Wood and Paul Harrison – Some Things are Measured
exhibition

Wood, J and Harrison, P (2014) John Wood and Paul Harrison – Some Things are Measured. Galerie Martine Aboucaya, Paris, 30 October-20 December 2014.


John Wood and Paul Harrison: Dreams and Broken Things
exhibition

Wood, J and Harrison, P (2013) John Wood and Paul Harrison: Dreams and Broken Things. von Bartha Garage, Basel, 2 February-23 March 2013.


[Manoeuvres]
exhibition

Wood, J and Harrison, P (2013) [Manoeuvres]. Voorkamer Gallery, Lier, Belgium, 13 October - 17 November 2013.


Work of Fiction
exhibition

Wood, J and Harrison, P (2013) Work of Fiction. Studio Trisorio, Naples, 19 April - 31 May 2013.


Things That Happen
exhibition

Wood, J and Harrison, P (2012) Things That Happen. Carroll/Fletcher Gallery, London, UK, 24 February - 30 March 2012. ISBN 978-1-908923-00-4. Number of works: 62. ISBN 9781908923004


10 x 10
exhibition

Wood, J and Harrison, P (2011) 10 x 10. Von Bartha, Chesa, Switzerland, 26 August - 4 September 2011.


Bored astronauts on the moon
exhibition

Wood, J and Harrison, P (2011) Bored astronauts on the moon. In: Le Voyage dans la Lune, The Centre D’Arts Plastiques Albert Chanot, Paris, France, 26 January - 30 March 2013.


No Beginning - No Middle - No End
exhibition

Wood, J and Harrison, P (2010) No Beginning - No Middle - No End. Kunstmuseum Thun, Thun, Switzerland, 25 September - 28 November 2010.


Selected Works
exhibition

Wood, J and Harrison, P (2010) Selected Works. Gallerie Ho, Marseille, France, 8 September - 16 November 2010.


Deadpan: The Videos of John Wood and Paul Harrison
exhibition

Wood, J and Harrison, P (2010) Deadpan: The Videos of John Wood and Paul Harrison. Pacific Design Center, West Hollywood, CA, 18 November 2010 - 12 January 2011.


Answers to Questions
exhibition

Wood, J and Harrison, P (2010) Answers to Questions. UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA, USA, 17 February – 16 May 2010. ISBN 9781933619316


No Time
exhibition

Wood, J and Harrison, P (2009) No Time. Vera Cortês, Art Agency, Lisbon, Portugal, 29 May - 25 July 2009.


There or Thereabouts
exhibition

Wood, J and Harrison, P (2009) There or Thereabouts. Gallery von Bartha (Garage), Basel, Switzerland, November 2009.


White Shirt: Empty Cube
exhibition

Wood, J and Harrison, P (2009) White Shirt: Empty Cube. Appleton Square, Lisbon, Portugal, November 2009.


Of knowing where you are
exhibition

Wood, J and Harrison, P (2009) Of knowing where you are. In: Space Revised, Kunstlerhaus, Bremen, Germany, 17 May - 16 August 2009. ISBN 9783941560376


Some Words, Some More Words
exhibition

Wood, J and Harrison, P (2009) Some Words, Some More Words. Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK, 8 April - 25 May 2009. ISBN 190486452X


Something and Something and Something Else
exhibition

Wood, J and Harrison, P (2008) Something and Something and Something Else. The Lowry, Manchester, 26 April - 21 September 2008.


Notebook
exhibition

Wood, J and Harrison, P (2008) Notebook. PICA, Perth, Australia, 4 December 2008 - 1 February 2009.


From One Thing to Another
exhibition

Wood, J and Harrison, P (2008) From One Thing to Another. Picture This, Bristol, 19 January – 23 February 2008.


John Wood and Paul Harrison
exhibition

Wood, J and Harrison, P (2007) John Wood and Paul Harrison. Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan, 28 February - 6 May 2007.


Five Rooms
exhibition

Wood, J and Harrison, P (2006) Five Rooms. Ludwig Museum, Budapest, Hungary, 09 March - 30 April 2006.


Selected Works
exhibition

Wood, J and Harrison, P (2006) Selected Works. Villa du Parc, Annemasse, France, 2006.


Another Pair
exhibition

Wood, J and Harrison, P (2006) Another Pair. Davidson House, Reading, UK, 6 - 13 October 2006.


John Wood & Paul Harrison: The Only Other Point
exhibition

Wood, J and Harrison, P (2005) John Wood & Paul Harrison: The Only Other Point. European House of Art in Upper Bavaria - Schafhof, Germany, 5 July-3 August 2014.


Selected Works
exhibition

Wood, J and Harrison, P (2005) Selected Works. Ffotogallery, Cardiff, 19 May - 2 July 2006. ISBN 9781872771649


Selected Works
exhibition

Wood, J and Harrison, P (2005) Selected Works. SPACE/Gallery Priestor for Contemporary Arts, Bratislava, Slovakia, March 2005.


The Only Other Point
exhibition

Wood, J and Harrison, P (2005) The Only Other Point. f a projects, London, 11 October - 19 November 2005.


Notebook
exhibition

Wood, J and Harrison, P (2004) Notebook. MIMA, Middlesbough, UK, 9 - 19 December 2004.


66.86m
exhibition

Wood, J and Harrison, P (2004) 66.86m. Tate Britain, London, UK, 16 August 2004.


Selected Works
exhibition

Wood, J and Harrison, P (2004) Selected Works. MOMA, New York, NY, USA, 2004.


Hundredweight
exhibition

Wood, J and Harrison, P (2003) Hundredweight. fa projects, London, UK, 2003.


Twenty Six (Drawing and Falling Things)
exhibition

Wood, J and Harrison, P (2002) Twenty Six (Drawing and Falling Things). Chisenhale Gallery, London, UK, 23 January - 3 March 2002.


Table and chairs (2001)
exhibition

Wood, J and Harrison, P (2001) Table and chairs (2001). In: Private Utopia: Contemporary Art from the British Council Collection, Tokyo Station Gallery; Itami City Museum of Art; The Museum of Art, Kochi; Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art, 18 January 2014 - 22 February 2015.


Obstacle Course and Other Works
exhibition

Wood, J and Harrison, P (1999) Obstacle Course and Other Works. John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, 24 August - 02 October 1999. ISBN 9781841660264


Selected Works
exhibition

Wood, J and Harrison, P (1998) Selected Works. Gallerie Articule, Montreal, Canada, 1998.


Selected Works
exhibition

Wood, J and Harrison, P (1996) Selected Works. Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, 1996.


Nothing special : [selected video works 1993-2011]
video

Wood, J and Harrison, P (2012) Nothing special : [selected video works 1993-2011].


In profile: John Wood and Paul Harrison
video

Wood, J and Harrison, P (2005) In profile: John Wood and Paul Harrison.


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