John Wood and Paul Harrison make things that move and things that don’t, things that are flat and things that are not, things that are mildly amusing and things that are definitely not.
They make works that form a kind of reference manual for how to do, make, build or draw things that you probably never want to do, make, build or draw. They do it for you. Even though you don’t need them to.
This attempt to compile an encyclopaedia of the largely useless, started in 1993 after they met at art college.
Recent solo exhibitions include: Bored, Gallery Cristin Tierney, New York (2021); Words Made of Atoms, Gallery von Bartha, S-chanf, Switzerland (2020); As logical as possible, Kunstverein Arnsberg, Germany (2017).
Recent group exhibitions include: Fresh Window, MUDAM, Luxemburg (2019); On Struggling to remain present when you want to disappear, OCAT Museum, Shanghai, China (2018); [Re]construct, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield (2017).
Their work is represented in public collections including: Museum of Modern Art, New York / Tate, London / Arts Council Collection / British Council Collection / Centre Pompidou Collection / Government Art Collection. They are represented by Galeria Vera Cortês, Lisbon; Gallery von Bartha, Basel; Studio Trisorio, Naples and Cristin Tierney Gallery, New York