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richard woods D.I.Y. exhibition at alan cristea gallery
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may 18, 2013
richard woods D.I.Y. exhibition at alan cristea gallery


richard woods, dirty chair #13, 2013,
varnish and acrylic on wood
courtesy the artist and the alan cristea gallery

 

the alan cristea gallery is currently showing D.I.Y., a solo exhibition of works by richard woods,
which will run until june 01, 2013 at 34 cork street, london.

 


following text from alan cristea gallery

 

the exhibition features a site-specific installation in which woods will clad the gallery space
from floor to ceiling in his trademark vibrantly-coloured and exaggerated wood-grain motif.

 

deceptively simple in form, these bold images are produced using traditional block-printing
techniques and installed as parquetry (inlaying wood in geometric patterns). pre-occupied
with the notion of reproduction, the techniques employed by woods allude to historical
artisanal processes, the power of iconography and the dominance of consumerist plasticity.
as is the case with much of woods’ work, the method of construction is appropriate to the surface
he is mimicking, articulating the similarities between the artist’s methodology and materials,
and those used in everyday situations.

 

 


installation view, richard woods, D.I.Y.
the alan cristea gallery, london 2013.

courtesy the artist and the alan cristea gallery

 

woods’ print projects are the result of collaboration between the artist and alan cristea gallery
and represent a natural progression from his installations and sculpture, all of which start with
a printed image. the first suite – woodblock inlays – takes their composition from seemingly
random scatterings of ‘offcuts’ from one of the artist’s floor installations printed onto a single
colour background taken from a sheet of plywood. the most recent series, shown for the
first time here, appear as more ordered compositions – segments seemingly abstracted from
a larger completed floor work.

 

both series are densely inked and heavily printed to create a rich, physical surface on the paper.
reminiscent of suprematist aesthetics, the strength and severe geometry of their lines also recalls
the abstraction of high modernism, drawing attention to its devolution into the world of commercial decor.
echoing the postmodern irony of his installations, the work plays with the intersection between
the real and artificial.

 

 


installation view, richard woods, D.I.Y.
the alan cristea gallery, london 2013.

courtesy the artist and the alan cristea gallery

 

 


installation view, richard woods, D.I.Y.
the alan cristea gallery, london 2013.

courtesy the artist and the alan cristea gallery

 

 


installation view, richard woods, D.I.Y.
the alan cristea gallery, london 2013.

courtesy the artist and the alan cristea gallery

 

 


richard woods, wood block repeat, 2013,
acrylic on plywood,
courtesy the artist and the alan cristea gallery

 

 


richard woods, wooden sculpture ac1, 2013,
varnish and acrylic on wood,
courtesy the artist and the alan cristea gallery

 

 


richard woods, radiator sculpture ac1, 2013,
acrylic on plywood
courtesy the artist and the alan cristea gallery

 

 


richard woods, wood block sculpture ac1, 2013,
acrylic on plywood,
courtesy the artist and the alan cristea gallery

 

 


richard woods, mock tudor monoprint 2, 2011
acrylic on plywood
courtesy the artist and the alan cristea gallery

 

 


richard woods, print block painting ac1, 2013,
acrylic on plywood,
courtesy the artist and the alan cristea gallery

 

 


richard woods, print block painting ac2, 2013,
acrylic on plywood,
courtesy the artist and the alan cristea gallery

 

 


richard woods,radiator painting ac1, 2013
acrylic on plywood
courtesy the artist and the alan cristea gallery

 

 


richard woods,radiator painting ac2, 2013
acrylic on plywood
courtesy the artist and the alan cristea gallery

 

 


richard woods, print block painting ac3, 2013
acrylic on plywood
courtesy the artist and the alan cristea gallery

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