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: As logical as possible, Kunstverein Arnsberg, Germany (2017); I didn’t know I didn’t know it, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada (2016)
Recent group exhibitions include: On Struggling to remain present when you want to disappear, OCAT Museum, Shanghai,China (2018); [Re]construct, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield (2017).
They are represented by Galeria Vera Cortês, Lisbon; Von Bartha Garage, Basel; and Studio Trisorio, Naples.