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"Ben Woodeson: Window Pain Project II, Picadilly Radio"
2002-07-25 until 2002-08-25
Tower Records
London, , UK United Kingdom

Ben Woodeson took over the Bowieart window at Tower Records, Piccadilly on 25 July with an installation that is sure to induce intrigue as well as attack the senses of its unsuspecting viewers. Endless tins of tomatoes and masses of wire will fill the window for the duration of the show to create a captivating scene for the passer-by who may wonder if they have chanced upon an unsavory canteen rather than an art installation. On closer inspection of the opened tins one notices the metal plates that have been positioned within the liquid and the wires that protrude from the surface of each. A sense of unease may prevail until one hears the familiar sound of a radio coming from a nearby loudspeaker. Does this explain the mess of muddled wires? Could this be the work of a mad professor?

Whether using the activating qualities of growth, heat, energy or smell within his work, Woodeson is eager to push the parameters of his materials; previous works have included the deliberate cultivation of aspejillus mould on a domestic carpet, 35 electric fires hung from a ceiling (each of which heated a cup of tea), or in the artist's most recent installation; 783.6cm to 783.83cm at 70 degrees celcius, lifting the roof of Glasgow's Tramway Gallery through the heat generated by an electrical inductance coil wrapped round one of the pillars. Ben Woodeson graduated from The Master of Fine Arts Programme at Glasgow School of Art in June 2002; he is the grandson of the German artist Jack Bilbo, and lives and works in Glasgow.


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