Alex J Wood

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British eccentricity and obsessiveness is a significant area of Alex Wood’s practice through the creation of painstaking and intricate models. His works celebrate the combination of lo-fi materials such as paper or wax with a high art material such as bronze. Wood juxtaposes the two materials together to create amusing and unique sculptures that portray narratives relating to human endeavor or indeed failed attempts! His subject matter has included everything from the Titanic, to the world’s first ever flight in the Montgolfier balloon, which famously caught light over the roof tops of Paris.

But what intrigues and delights is the physical presence of his work. He uses unique bronze casting as a kind of drawing. First making complex armatures from cocktail sticks, wax and found objects, he then makes beautiful one-off casts that are then often juxtaposed with nearly weightless elements. It is these contrasts between a featherweight paper ship and a heavy bronze balloon that bring humour and a note of pathos into his pieces.

Human endeavor, science, sailing, the industrial revolution, space travel and risk are all displayed as if looked at and examined through a home made nineteenth century lens with charming results.

Celestial_2Picton Public Art Prize sculpture. Angel gate, Islington

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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

The Elizabeth Greenshields Award Recipient 2015
Shortlisted for The Henry Moore Plinth Prize June 2015
Commissioned by Penguin Books to create a sculpture for Foyles, 107 Charing Cross Road. Now on tour around the UK. (Link)
Shortlisted for The Mark Tanner Sculpture Award February 2015
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

July 2015 ‘Art Journey’, Curated by ‘Art Partners’ and ‘Secret Art’, Library, 112 St Martins Lane, London
May 2015 ‘Historical Futures’, Apricot Gallery, 16 Heneage Street, London
April 2015 ‘Capsule’, The Embassy Tea Gallery, Union Street, London
Feb 2015 “I’ll show you mine…”, Chelsea Arts Club, 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
Attended and Collaborated on the Four day workshop ‘Expanding Fields LIVE’ in November 2012.

Press & Publications

7 May 2015 Artlyst, “Historical Futures – The Temporality Of Materials” (http://goo.gl/0J6rrn)
1 May 2015 Aesthetica Online, ‘Antares Rocket Featured in Historical Futures’ (http://goo.gl/eDlOUa)
May 2015 Aesthetica Magazine, Page 146, “Historical Futures Exhibition”.
Feb 2015 MA Fine Art graduate wins Penguin Little Black Classics competition. Chelsea UAL Website. 27 Feb 2015. (http://blogs.arts.ac.uk/chelsea/2015/02/27/ma-fine-art-graduate-wins-penguin-little-black-classics-competition/)
Oct 2014 The 24th International Sculpture Conference, New Orleans, USA | Sally Tiffin Panel Speaker at Artist Residencies: Do They Benefit Sculptors? (Mentioned from 38:44) (Video Link: https://vimeo.com/album/3297718/video/121261121#t=2323s)
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 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.

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