CV & Essay

This blog is in addition to my main blog which can be reached at www.alexjwood.co.uk. This purely documents my time on Residency in Tokyo at Tokyo Wonder Site, Japan.

Alex J Wood

http://www.alexjwood.co.uk
info @ alexjwood.co.uk
UAL Showtime Portfolio: http://showtime.arts.ac.uk/alexj
Born 1988

Education

2012-13 MA Fine Art, Chelsea College of Art & Design, London
2012 Postgraduate Diploma Fine Art, Chelsea College of Art, London
2011 BA (Hons) Fine Art, University of Greenwich, London
2007 ‘Distinction’, Art & Design Foundation Diploma, West Kent College, Tonbridge

Awards

Awarded The Patrick and Kelly Lynch Scholarship in 2013
The PVC CCW (Pro Vice Chancellor, Chelsea Camberwell Wimbledon) 2014 Alumni Bursary Award
2014 UAL Ambassador MA Prep Course Beijing, PRC and Research Residency.
2014 Artist in Residence at Camberwell College of Art, London
Resident artist in April 2013 at Tokyo Wonder Site in Japan
Shortlisted for Future Map 2013. Winner of Xhibit 2013
Shortlisted for The Clifford Chance Sculpture Award in 2013 & 2014

Selected Exhibitions
Feb 2015 “I’ll show you mine…”, Chelsea Arts Club group exhibition, CAC, 143 Old Church Street, London 
Sep – Jan 2015 Selected sculptures on display in The Library Members Club, St Martins Lane, London.
Dec 2014 ‘Made in Arts London’, The Lethaby Gallery, London.
Nov 2014 ‘Stars on Canvas’, The Hub, Heddon Street (Supported the Willow Foundation Charity)
Nov 2014 Springboard, The Cookhouse, Chelsea college of Art, London.
Oct 2014 Disinter, The Crypt Gallery, London.
July 2014 ACAVA Open Studios, 49 Grange Walk, London
June 2014 Chelsea Salon at The Old Hannah Barry Gallery, Peckham
June 2014 Sunday Salon with Slate Projects
May 2014 London Art Professionals Featuring Michael Petry.
March 2014 ‘Slinky Intervention’ on the Great Wall of China at Badaling, Beijing, PRC.
March 2014 £WEATSHOP, 55 Dalston Lane, London.
Nov 2013 SITE CCW Alumni Exhibition, The Cookhouse, Chelsea College of Art, London
Nov 2013 GIFTED, CHART Gallery, 62 Old Church Street, London
Aug 2013 MA Fine Art Final Show, Chelsea College of Art and Design
April 2013 Down the Dori Tokyo Wonder Site, Tokyo, Japan
April 2013 In Two Parts Interim Show Chelsea College of Art, London.
2013 5 March – End April, XHIBIT 2013, UAL Gallery, High Holborn, London.
2013 3 May – 14 May, Four Corners Gallery, London.
2012 ‘Stars on Canvas’, Maddox Arts, Mayfair, London. (Supported the Willow Foundation Charity)
2012 Curiously Connected, Coningsby Gallery, 30 Tottenham Street, London
2012 “Applied Imagination”, 111 Great Titchfield Street (Formerly DRAF)
2012 Bermondsey Arts Festival, Delfina Gallery, 50 Bermondsey Street
2012 “The Final, Final PG Dip Summer Show, Chelsea College of Art, London
2012 ’24 Hour Storm’, Morgue, Chelsea College of Art, London
2012 “Lots of Lollys”, Southwark Studios, London
2012 “Chemical Compound”, Chelsea College of Art, London
2012 The Round Chapel Salon, Round Chapel, Hackney, London
2012 ‘PG Diploma Interim Show’, Triangle Space, Chelsea College of Art
2012 “Death Watch Beetle”, The Morgue, Chelsea College of Art, London
2012 “Pop Tarts”, Chelsea College of Art, London
2012 “Oh Oh Oh!” – MySpace, Chelsea College of Art, London
2011 “Beneath The Surface” DegreeArt.com Gallery, London
2011 “Hastings Pier & Laughing Policeman”, The Panic Room, Tonbridge
2011 The Spa Gallery, Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells. Artwork featured since 2009.
2010 Fine Art Forum Evening’s, West Kent College (Exhibition’s & Talk’s).
2009 Site Specific Installation, Botanical Gardens in Avery Hill Park, London
2009 K College (Formerly West Kent College) Summer Show & Exhibition
2009 “The Work of Alex Wood & Amy Thomas”, Graham Clarke Gallery
2008 “Inspirations”, Site Specific Artwork, Maidstone Museum, Kent.
2008 Exhibited in the Bentlif Art Prize 2008, Maidstone Museum, Kent
2008 South East Open Studios, Tonbridge, Kent
Attended and Collaborated on the Four day workshop ‘Expanding Fields LIVE’ in November 2012.

Press & Publications

Oct 2014 Disinter: Alex J Wood responds to World War One (http://blogs.arts.ac.uk/chelsea/2014/10/15/chelsea-graduate-alex-j-wood-responds-centenary-first-world-war-crypt-gallery/)
August 2014 Edward Lucie Smith, “Our most promising new sculptor…” 27 August 2014.
April 2014 Chinese Views Photographic journal with hand drawn illustrations
January 2014 AN Magazine Review by D. Minton. (http://www.a-n.co.uk/interface/reviews/single/4243197)
Nov 2013 SITE Exhibition Catalogue, Camberwell Press, London
Nov 2013 Featured Artist on ArtLyst.com email update and homepage. (http://tinyurl.com/p5f8c2y)
September 2013   Avenir Magazine Review. (http://avenirmagazine.com/art/chelsea-college-of-art-ma-show)
July 2013  JAWS Magazine, Summer Issue, “Resonation and Sound in Noh” (http://issuu.com/jawsjournal/docs/final_2520file-for_2520website-00/66)
June 2013   Down The Dori. UAL Exhibition Catalogue
June 2013   Guardian UAL Website, “Why study an MA in fine art?”. (http://tinyurl.com/knubcjd) 
April 2013 Tokyo Two catalogue, in conjunction with UAL and Tokyo Wonder Site
April 2013 Tokyo Two catalogue, in conjunction with UAL and Tokyo Wonder Site
April 2013   Featured in the print edition of ‘Art in England’ Magazine.

Collections

The Patrick and Kelly Lynch Collection, University of the Arts London Collection and various other Private Collections in Europe and the USA.

Review by Michael Petry, Artist and Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art London 

Alex Wood might be the unholy reincarnation of Heath Robinson, for he sets his wild imagination and crazy obsession with flight into the heaviest of artistic materials: BRONZE.

A silvered paper zeppelin crashes into a bronze tower in ‘R101’ (sadly the original British R101 crashed on its maiden flight in 1930 killing almost everyone on board), a bronze hot air balloon cannot take off and lift its wicker basket in ‘We Have lift-off!’ While in a new work ‘Fly Me to the Moon’ a rather wrecked 1950’s version of what a rocket should be, looks like it could never lift off either.  A larger work that deal with flight or the lack of it ‘Taking Off’, looks like it came out of someone’s father-in-law’s garden shed. It is made from what appears to be found timber and bicycle wheels but also has bronze elements just to add a bit more visual and historical weight. A silver model of Concorde is stuck in a mass of bronze in ‘Mach 2’, neither the model or the original are going nowhere and his ‘Ferris Wheel’ is wonderfully mad, a work his spiritual grandfather would have been proud of – ceramic drinking cups are attached to a motorized bicycle wheel and a mouse could easily topple the complex structure.

It is the heady joy of these objects that brings a smile to the face of even the dourest viewer. That so many of his works are translated into such a staid material (bronze) makes the viewer realize how considered, how constructed, how sophisticated they are. For those unfamiliar with the process, bronze casting is a labor of love and the significant word is labor. These works at first look thrown together, jokey, but on inspection we see they are much more complex and they have been hard fought struggles to come into being and that makes the smile grow even a bit wider.

Michael Petry 2014

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