Τhe Alan Cristea gallery is currently showing D.I.Y., a solo exhibition of works by richard woods, which will run until June 01, 2013 at 34 Cork street, London. —
Following text from Αlan Cristea gallery
The exhibition features a site-specific installation in which Woods will clad the gallery space from floor to ceiling in his trademark vibrantly-coloured and exaggerated wood-grain motif. Deceptively simple in form, these bold images are produced using traditional block-printing techniques and installed as parquetry (inlaying wood in geometric patterns). Pre-occupied with the notion of reproduction, the techniques employed by woods allude to historical artisanal processes, the power of iconography and the dominance of consumerist plasticity.
As is the case with much of woods’ work, the method of construction is appropriate to the surface he is mimicking, articulating the similarities between the artist’s methodology and materials, and those used in everyday situations.
Woods’ print projects are the result of collaboration between the artist and Alan Cristea gallery and represent a natural progression from his installations and sculpture, all of which start with a printed image. The first suite – woodblock inlays – takes their composition from seemingly random scatterings of ‘offcuts’ from one of the artist’s floor installations printed onto a single colour background taken from a sheet of plywood. the most recent series, shown for the first time here, appear as more ordered compositions – segments seemingly abstracted from a larger completed floor work. both series are densely inked and heavily printed to create a rich, physical surface on the paper.
Reminiscent of suprematist aesthetics, the strength and severe geometry of their lines also recalls the abstraction of high modernism, drawing attention to its devolution into the world of commercial decor.
Echoing the postmodern irony of his installations, the work plays with the intersection between the real and artificial.