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John Wood and Paul Harrison

Studio 28

John Wood (b. 1969) and Paul Harrison (b. 1966) 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.

Recent solo exhibitions include: I didn’t know I didn’t know it, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada (2016) and Some things are hard to explain, ICC Tokyo, Japan (2015).

Recent group exhibitions include: Private Utopia, British Council Touring (Japan), Tokyo Station Gallery; Itami City Museum of Art; Kochi Museum of Art; Okayama Museum of Art (all 2014) and Diamonds always come in small packages, Kunstmuseum Luzern, Switzerland (2015).

They are represented by Carroll/Fletcher, London; Vera Cortes Art Agency, Lisbon; Von Bartha Garage, Basel; and Studio Trisorio, Naples.

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