RAIR | 2016-17
BEN WOODESON | LONDON, ENGLAND
Born and raised in London, England, Ben Woodeson gained an MFA at Glasgow School of Art in Scotland and has taught extensively at art schools in the UK and North America. In 2014 he was joint winner of the Anthology Prize at Charlie Smith Gallery, London and in 2013 he was awarded the Theodore Randall International Chair in Sculpture Fellowship at Alfred University, NY, USA. He is the grandson of the German Jewish artist Jack Bilbo.
Ben has exhibited extensively in the United Kingdom, Europe and North America. Recent exhibitions include ‘All Change’ at William Bennington Gallery (2016), ‘The London Open’ at The Whitechapel Gallery (2015), ‘Obstacle’ at Berloni Gallery (2015), ‘Twelve-Fisted Boxing Caterpillar: Jack Bilbo & Ben Woodeson’ at England & Co (2014), ‘Hackney Wick Takeover’ at the Victoria & Albert Museum (2014) and ‘The World Turned Upside Down’, Mead Gallery, Coventry (2013).
His work has been featured in a wide variety of publications including Elephant, GQ, Time Out (London), Art Monthly, Art Review, Creative Review and others. Woodeson recently curated ‘Morphisisation’ for APT Gallery in London, a critically acclaimed exhibition examining the work of artists for whom pre-existing objects are the raw or source material.
“I make work using myself as human litmus paper; developing art works that physically challenge and confront. I seek a balance between attraction and repulsion, security and insecurity. I aim to keep the viewer (and myself) poised in a state of slight unease, situating the human presence in a hyper awareness of our surroundings and the physical space occupied by our own bodies. I constantly physically experiment; commingling idea and intuition, investigating the physical and psychological qualities of materials through a process of trial and frequent error. How can basic rules of physics be exploited to assemble simple sculptures that straddle a line between stability and instability, action and inaction? Performative, poised, positioned and balanced; the artworks simultaneously occupy a possible moment of action and of potential consequences. Potential energy and kinetic energy; their lack of solidity becomes a potential guilty trap for the unwary or distracted.”