Based in the UK, John Wood and Paul Harrison have been co-producing video pieces incorporating elements of performance and animation, as well as architectural sets and various devices, since 1993. In their work, the artists approach all kinds of daily commodities from a fresh perspective, and demonstrate those objects’ respective possible alternative usage, or make viewers aware of modal changes triggered by that. In either case, the results are humorous, unpredictable, and highly suggestive artworks inspired by very simple ideas. Some are like experiments, others seem to be capturing a decisive moment or a scene from a film. Truly unique and always seasoned with a touch of humor, the works excite the viewer’s curiosity to know “what these artists are doing” and “what’s going on there.” Above that, they are at once easily accessible.
John Wood and Paul Harrison's works have previously been shown in Japan at the Mori Art Museum, NTT InterCommunication Center [ICC] and in "Private Utopia: Contemporary Art from the British Council Collection" which toured four cities between January 2014 and February 2015. On display at this first solo show at ICC are a total of twenty pieces, thematically divided into four categories - “performance,” “animation,” “narrative” and “film,” including works that are shown in Japan for the very first time.
Dates: Saturday 21 November 2015 - Sunday 21 February 2016
Venue: NTT InterCommunication Center [ICC] Gallery A (2 minutes from Hatsudai station East Exit on the Keio New Line)
Opening hours: 11.00-18.00 (last admission 17.30)
Closed: Mondays (if Monday is a holiday, Tuesday), year-end/new year holidays (28 December 2015 - 4 January 2016), maintenance day (14 February 2016)
Admission fees: adult/university student 500 yen, group (of more than 15) 400 yen, high school and below free
Organised by: NTT InterCommunication Center [ICC]
For more information see the NTT InterCommunication Center [ICC] website.