I Didn't Know I Didn't Know It

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.

Item Type: Exhibition
Creators: Wood, J and Harrison, P
Abstract: A selection of works from the previous five years.
Official URL: http://www.contemporaryartgallery.ca/exhibitions/j...
Date: 2016
Event Location: The Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
Number of Pieces: 25
Medium: Video, drawing, sculpture, photography

The installation contains a selection of new sculptures using tools, drawing equipment and other useful items in various media. For example, two propelling pencils share a single lead; another pencil has been sharpened right down to the rubber end and remains housed in its sharpener; a length of string is measured against a ruler; two balls of string, one un-wound then re-wound, the other original, and a single glue stick, stuck head first onto a wall. The humour is dry and the jokes visual; the familiar made strange by altering perceptions.

Connecting these sculptural works is a selection of videos, typical of their practice while sharing a pared-down set of qualities. 10×10 (2011) and Semi Automatic Painting Machine (2014) deconstruct the very nature of the moving image and its means of presentation, investigating narrative structure, representation, transformation and the history of cinematic worlds through various devices that reference both digital and analogue production. Their most recent video Erdkunde (2015) playfully connects out from the studio into the “real” world. By encompassing a world of things it causes us to reconsider the sculptures on show and the geography these suggest, an essential optimism within the futility of ongoing attempts, a testament to our ability to overcome obstacles, to forge ahead for a better world.

Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
Divisions: Bath School of Art, Film and Media
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2016 11:33
Last Modified: 15 Aug 2021 09:41
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