Clare WoodsIf Not Now Then When
9 September31 October 2020
Clare Woods, ‘If Not Now Then When’, Installation view, Buchmann Galerie, 2020
Clare Woods
Installation view
Buchmann Galerie
2020
Clare Woods, ‘If Not Now Then When’, Installation view, Buchmann Galerie, 2020
Clare Woods
Installation view
Buchmann Galerie
2020
Clare Woods, ‘If Not Now Then When’, 2020
Clare Woods
If Not Now Then When, 2020
Oil on aluminium
200 x 150 cm
78¾ x 59 in
Clare Woods, ‘I Had Some Time Alone’, 2020
Clare Woods
I Had Some Time Alone, 2020
Oil on aluminium
150 x 100 cm
59 x 39¼ in
Clare Woods, ‘The World is on Fire’, 2020
Clare Woods
The World is on Fire, 2020
Oil on aluminium
250 x 200 cm
98½ x 78¾ in
Clare Woods, ‘Winter Outside’, 2020
Clare Woods
Winter Outside, 2020
Oil on aluminium
150 x 100 cm
59 x 39¼ in
Clare Woods, ‘Good Girl’, 2020
Clare Woods
Good Girl, 2020
Oil on aluminium
100 x 100 cm
39¼ x 39¼ in
Clare Woods, ‘Broken by Paper’, 2020
Clare Woods
Broken by Paper, 2020
Oil on aluminium
150 x 100 cm
59 x 39¼ in
Clare Woods, ‘Madame Hardy’, 2020
Clare Woods
Madame Hardy, 2020
Oil on aluminium
70 x 70 cm
27½ x 27½ in
Clare Woods, ‘Double Difficult’, 2020
Clare Woods
Double Difficult, 2020
Oil on aluminium
250 x 200 cm
98½ x 78¾ in
Clare Woods, ‘Splint’, 2020
Clare Woods
Splint, 2020
Oil on aluminium
49 x 69 cm
19¼ x 27¼ in
Clare Woods, ‘Pretty Songs’, 2020
Clare Woods
Pretty Songs, 2020
Oil on aluminium
100 x 100 cm
39¼ x 39¼ in
Clare Woods, ‘Waiting for a Miracle’, 2020
Clare Woods
Waiting for a Miracle, 2020
Oil on aluminium
70 x 70 cm
27½ x 27½ in
Clare Woods, ‘Dora’, 2020
Clare Woods
Dora, 2020
Oil on aluminium
150 x 100 cm
59 x 39¼ in
Clare Woods, ‘If Not Now Then When’, Installation view, Buchmann Galerie, 2020
Clare Woods
Installation view
Buchmann Galerie
2020
‘Clare Woods – If Not Now Then When’
‘Clare Woods – If Not Now Then When’
‘Clare Woods – If Not Now Then When’

Clare Woods
If Not Now Then When

9 Sep31 Oct 2020
Buchmann Galerie
Press release

Buchmann Galerie is pleased to announce the fifth solo exhibition of works by the British painter Clare Woods (GB, *1972).

 

The works in Clare Woods’ exhibition, If Not Now Then When, were painted in the build up to and during lock down in an intense and isolated period which allowed Woods to occupy a position where she could compare the past and the idea of the future closely as the present was so unrecognisable and uncomfortable.

 

‘I found it so hard to describe what I was feeling and the only way it could be translated into something real was through painting it. I was trying to capture those moments in the home and the focus shift for outside to inside where everything familiar felt unfamiliar and where the detail in the everyday became heightened, re-seeing the ordinary in a different way. I felt as though I was occupying a position on both sides of a boundary of a very transformative space.’

 

All of the paintings are based on photographs, sometimes her own sometimes found imagery. The cropping and editing of the original photograph through drawing removes some of the form so that they begin to sit on the edge of legibility and figuration. Woods conceptually empties the source image but then replaces a new interpretation during the act of painting. This physical break down of the image allows a slowing down and falling apart of the visual partly forcing the viewer to question their ability to decipher the content of what is in front of them and partly questioning what it means to live in a time of mass image consumption and in a world that treats banality and disaster in the same way.

 

Though her work cannot exist without photography, it is not the origin of the image that is important as she is concerned with the emotional response the imagery triggers within her and its potential for reinterpretation or translation as she is always preoccupied with the human environment and her desire for certainty.

 

Clare Woods’ works have been shown in solo exhibitions at The Hepworth Wakefield, in the Southampton City Art Gallery, and Chisenhale Gallery in London, the Mead Gallery in Coventry and the Dundee Contemporary Arts amongst others. 

 

Works in public collections include the Arts Council Collection, London, British Council, London, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, Arken Museum of Modern Art, Denmark, CCA Andratx, Mallorca, Spain, Colección VAC (Valencia Arte Contemporáneo), Valencia, Dakis Joannou Collection Foundation, Athens, Honart Museum, Tehran, The Nation Collection of Wales, Cardiff, The Ophiuchus Collection, Geneva, Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton and the University of Warwick amongst others.

 

Feel free to contact the gallery for any further information about the artist or images of the works.

Pressemitteilung

Die Buchmann Galerie freut sich die fünfte Einzelausstellung mit Arbeiten der britischen Malerin Clare Woods (GB, *1972) anzukündigen.

 

Die Arbeiten in Clare Woods Ausstellung, If Not Now Then When, wurden in der Anfangsphase der Covid-19 Pandemie und während des Lockdowns gemalt. Ein intensiver und gleichzeitig isolierter Moment, der es Woods ermöglichte, die Vergangenheit und die Vorstellung der Zukunft zu vergleichen, da die Gegenwart so ungewohnt und unbehaglich war. 

 

‘Ich fand es sehr schwer auszudrücken, was ich fühlte und der einzige Weg meine Gefühle in eine reale Form zu bringen war, sie zu malen. Ich versuchte diese Momente zu Hause zu fassen, die Verlagerung der Aufmerksamkeit von Aussen nach Innen, wo alles Vertraute sich fremd anfühlte und die Details im Alltäglichen bewusster wurden, ich das Gewöhnliche mit anderen Augen sah. Ich fühlte mich als ob ich eine Position einnahm, die auf beiden Seiten einer Grenze zu einem äußerst transformativen Raum liegt.’

 

Clare Woods Gemälde basieren auf Fotografien, teils eigene, teils gefundenes Material. Durch das Beschneiden und Verändern der originalen Fotografien mithilfe von Zeichnungen entfernt und überschreibt die Künstlerin etwas von dessen Form, sodass sie sich an der Grenze zwischen Lesbarkeit und Figuration befinden. Clare Woods entleert konzeptuell das Ursprungsbild, um es im anschließenden Malprozess in Öl auf Aluminium neu zu interpretieren. Es entsteht eine physische Aufschlüsselung des Motives, die eine Entschleunigung und Dekonstruktion des Sichtbaren ermöglicht und so den Betrachter zwingt, seine Fähigkeit, den Inhalt zu entziffern, in Frage zu stellen. Die verschiedenen Sujets regen zudem ein Verständnis an, was es heißt, in einer Zeit des Massenkonsums von Bildern zu leben und in einer Welt, die Banalität und Katastrophe gleichermaßen behandelt.

 

Obwohl Woods Arbeit ohne Fotografie nicht existieren kann, ist nicht der Ursprung des Bildes wichtig, sondern die emotionale Reaktion, die die Bilder in ihr auslösen, und dessen Potenzial für eine Neuinterpretation oder Übersetzung. Die Künstlerin ist immer wieder fasziniert von der menschlichen Umwelt und deren Wunsch nach Gewissheit. 

 

Clare Woods Arbeiten wurden unter anderem in Einzelausstellungen am The Hepworth Wakefield, in der Southampton City Art Gallery, der Chisenhale Gallery in London, der Mead Gallery in Coventry und der Dundee Contemporary Arts gezeigt. 

 

Ihre Werke finden sich in den öffentlichen Sammlungen der Arts Council Collection, London, British Council, London, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, Arken Museum of Modern Art, Denmark, CCA Andratx, Mallorca, Colección VAC (Valencia Arte Contemporáneo), Valencia, Dakis Joannou Collection Foundation, Athen, Honart Museum, Tehran, The Nation Collection of Wales, Cardiff, The Ophiuchus Collection, Genf, Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton und der University of Warwick.

 

Für weitere Informationen zur Künstlerin und Abbildungen der Arbeiten können Sie sich gerne jederzeit an die Galerie wenden.

Clare Woods

Born 1972, lives and works in Hereford, UK

Education

1997 - 99 MA, Goldsmith’s College, London
1991 - 94 BA, Bath College of Art, Bath

Solo Exhibitions

2020
Buchmann Galerie, Berlin
2019
Simon Lee Gallery, London
Simon Lee Gallery, New York
2018
Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen
Simon Lee Gallery, Hong Kong
Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Center, Coventry, UK
2017
Dundee Contemporary Arts
2015
Oriel y Parc, The Grove, St Davids, UK
Oriel Plas Glyn y Weddw, Llanbedrog, UK
Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen
2014
Buchmann Galerie Berlin
Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, UK
Rebecca Camhi Gallery, Athens, GR
2013
Martin Asbaek Gallery, Copenhagen
New Art Centre, Wiltshire (with Eva Rothschild)
2012
Buchmann Galerie, Berlin
Permanent Art Commission for London 2012 Olympic Park, London
Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton
Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London
2011
Permanent Art Commission for Hampstead Heath Train Station, London
The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield
2009
Buchmann Box, Berlin
La Galeria De Arte Pilar Parra, Madrid
2008
Buchmann Galerie, Berlin
Galerie Akinci, Amsterdam
Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London
The New Art Centre Salisbury, England
2007
Jiri Svetska Gallery, Prague
Karyn Lovegrove Gallery, Los Angeles
Rebecca Camhi Gallery, Athens
2006
Galeria de Arte, Madrid
The Chisenhale Gallery, London
2004
Karyn Lovegrove Gallery, Los Angeles
Modern Art, London
2002
Leslie and Browne, New York
2000
Modern Art, London
1997
Habitat, Kings Road, London
Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton

Group Exhibitions

2019
Awe, Hydra School Projects, Hydra, Athens
P is for Portrait, The Art House, University of Worcester, Worcester, UK
2018
Print Project Space New Editions, Alan Cristea Gallery, London
Starry Nights, Arken Museum of Modern Art, DK
Destroyed By Shadows, Cornerstone Gallery, Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool
History in the Making, Alan Cristea Gallery, London
2017
Summer in the City 12th edition, Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen
Against Landscape, GSA - The Glasgow School of Art
31 Woman, Breese | Little, London
Against Landscape, Coniston Institute, Coniston, UK
New Beginnings, Alan Cristea Gallery, London
2016
Zeichnung, Buchmann Galerie
Ingo Meller, Daniel Sturgis & Clare Woods - Natural States, The Pier Arts Centre, Stromness, Orkney
Clare Woods and Des Hughes: The Sleepers, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, UK
The Romantic Thread in British Art, Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton
2015
Blow Up - Painting, Photography and Reality, Parafin, London
2014
Summer in the City, Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen, DK
The Brask Collection, Munkeruphus, Dronningmölle, DK
DISPLAYS – Three Women Painters: Phoebe Unwin, Clare Woods and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Contemporary Art Society, London
2013
Under the Greenwood , St. Barbe Museum, Lymington, UK
Contested Ground, Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds, UK
2012
Summer in the City, Martin Asbaek Gallery, Copenhagen
2011
Creating The New Century, Contemporary Art from the Dicke Collection, The Dayton Art Institute, Ohio, USA
Obras Destacadas y Últimas Adquisiciones, CCA Andratx
2010
Re: Public towards an art for the public realm, Chelsea Futurespace, London
East Wing Nine presents EXHIBITIONISM: The Art of Display, Courtauld Institute of Art, London
Palm Paintings, Buchmann Galerie Berlin
2009
Topographies, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Art Foundation Mallorca, Centro Cultural Andratx
Buchmann Galerie, Berlin
Impact! Works from the VISUALodour collection, Fundació Vall Palou, Lleida
The Dark Monarch: Magic and Modernity in British Art, Tate St. Ives, Cornwall, GB
2008
M25 Around London, cur. by Barry Schwabsky, London
 Fringes of Abstraction, Galerie Akinci, Amsterdam
Galerie Koraalberg, Antwerp
2007
Esencias 11, Fundacion Municipal de Cultura, Vallaloid
Wood for the Trees and the Falling Leaves, Gimpel Fils Gallery, London

2006
John Moores 24, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
2005
Extreme Abstraction, Albright Knox Art Gallery, NY
Chambres à Part, Sezz Hotel, Paris. Curator: Laurence Dreyfus
2004
New British Painting, John Hansard Painting, Southampton
Stay Positive, Marella Arte Contemporanea, Milan
Painting Identities, Pilar Parra & Romero, Galeria de Arte, Madrid
Forest, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Touring Show
2003
The Walls Have Eyes, Modern Art, London
Forever Young, Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv
2002
Painting as a Foreign Language, Centro Britanica Brasilliero, Sao Paulo
Group Painting Show, Cohan, Leslie and Browne, New York
2001
Group Show, (curated by Pauline Karpidas & Sadie Coles), 
The Hydra Workshop, Hydra
Beck’s Futures, ICA London (travelling)
Tailsliding, curated by Stephen Hepworth, British Council Touring Show
Beyond, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee
British Council Touring Show
London Underground, Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul
2000
Wooden Heart, Avco, London
British Art 2 (Painting), Diehl Vorderwuelbecke, Berlin
What Collectors Are Collecting, Exit Art, New York
And if there were no stories, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London
Paintings, Studio Massimo De Carlo, Milan
1999
Idle Wild, Approach Gallery, London
Glass Border, Danielle Arnaud, London
Nature/Culture, Gimpel Files / Hales Gallery, London
1998
British Council, Touring Print Exhibition
Cluster Bomb, Morrison Judd, London
Printemps, Deutsch-Britische Freundschaft
1997
Underworld, Australian Council Studios, London
Habitat Print Project, Habitat (England, France, Germany)
1996
Fritz & Betty, Exmouth Market, London
Die Yuppie Scum, Karsten Schubert, London
1995
Gothic, Lost in Space, London
White Trash, Lost in Space, London
1994
Transmission Report, Curtain Road, London

Selected Collections

British Council, London

National Collection of Wales, Cardiff

Government Art Collection, London

Arts Council Collection, London

Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo
Dakis Joannou Collection Foundation, Athens
The Ophiuchus Collection, Geneva
Honart Museum, Tehran 
Colección VAC (Valencia Arte Contemporáneo), Valencia
Arken Museum of Modern Art, Denmark
 

 

Clare Woods

2018

Reality Dimmed, Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Center, UK (exh. cat.)

H. Juddah: Clare Woods, Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, UK, Frieze, April

2017

Victim of Geography, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, UK (exh.cat.)

2016

The Romantic Thread in British Art, Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton, UK (exh.cat.) 

A. Marr, J.Higgie, M.Bracewell, R. Daniels, S. Martin, Clare Woods Strange Meetings, Art Books Publishing, London, UK 

2015

Imagining A University, Fifty Years of The University of Warwick Art Collection, Warwick University, Warwick, England (exh.cat.) 

2014

A Tree A Rock A Cloud, Clare Woods (The National Collection Of Wales, Oriel Davies, Wales)

Brask Collection at Munkeruphus (Munkeruphus Art Museum, Gilleleje, Denmark)

Under the Greenwood, Picturing the British Tree from Constable to Kurt Jackson (St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery and Southampton City Art Gallery, Lymington, UK) 

2011

Bracewell, Michael & Stephens, Chris: The Unquiet Head, Hepworth Wakefield, (exh.cat.)
Hastings, Sheena: A larger landscape...and a epic sense of place, Yorkshire Post Interview, 21.11.11 p.3
Farkas, Rebecca: The Unquiet Head, A-N Magazine Review, p.34
Osborne, Sarah: Spirits of the Landscape, A story for children inspired by the paintings of Clare Woods.
Clare Woods on Graham Sutherland’s Black Landscape (1939-1940), Tate Etc, Issue 23, Autumn

2010

Nash, Paul: The Elements, Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, essay by Simon Grant (illustrated in colour, p. 41)

2009

The Dark Monarch, Magic and Modernity in British Art, Tate St Ives (exh.cat.)

Bracewell, Michael: Something Supernatural, This Way Comes, Tate etc., Autumn, pp.62-67

Dillion, Brian: Disc World, Guardian Review, 24 October, p.18

2008

Superstratum, Koraalbery Gallery, Antwerp, Belguim (exh.cat.)

Hussey, Lauren. Interview: For Display Purposes, October, p.13
Geldard, Rebecca. Clare Woods, Modern Painters, November, p.100

2007 Colección VAC (Valencia Arte Contemporáneo), Catalogue of works, Valencia
2006 New Art from London, Chris Townsend, Thames and Hudson  
ESENCIAS 11, exhibition catalogue, Coleccion Ernesto Verntos, Arte 
International
 Deaf Man’s House, text by Barry Schwabsky, Koenig Books, London
Review. Wright, Karen. Modern Painters, February 2006
Review. Neo 2, February, 2006
Chisenhale Gallery, London (exh.cat.)
2005

Extreme Abstraction, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, (exh.cat.)
 

Make 2', Ken Shuttleworth

Herbert, Martin. Feature. Ambient Landscapes, Tate etc, Summer 2005

2004

Monument to Now, Deste Foundation of Contemporary Art, (exh.cat.)


Printed Project, letters from five continents, Saskia Bos & Rob Tufnell 


Forest, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, (exh.cat.) 


Failed Back, Modern Art, London (exh.cat.)
Stay Positive, Marella Arte Cantemporanea, (exh.cat.)


New British Painting, John Hansard Gallery, (exh.cat.)  


Herbert, Martin. Review. In: Time Out, London, March 17-24, pg 47

2003 40 Views of and Icon, Comme des Garcons
2002 Painting as a Foreign Language, Edificio Cultura Inglesa (exh.cat.)

Hill, Joe. Review. ‘New York: Cohan, Leslie & Browne’, in: Contemporary, December 2002
Smith, Roberta. “Review Clare Woods”, in: The New York Times, Oct. 25, pg 37
2001

The Hydra Workshop, Hydra Greece, (exh.cat.) 


Tail Sliding, The British Council, (exh.cat.) 


London Underground, Sungkok Art Museum, Korea, (exh.cat.)


Beck’s Futures, ICA, London, (exh.cat.) 
Bolton, Will, “Clare Woods”, What’s On, January 2001 
McFarland, Dale, Review, in: Frieze, issue 58
Ratnam, Niru. Review. “Painting is Dead, Long Live Painting”, The Face, April
“Masters at Work”, Review. In: I-D Magazine - The Aesthetic Issue,
 May

2000 British Art Paintings II, exhibition catalogue, Diehl Vorderwuelbecke, Berlin 
The Art Newspaper, Review. no 108, November
Review. ‘Art, Clare Woods’, in: Evening Standard, 26th October
Allfree, Claire. Review. ‘Art, Clare Woods’, in: Metro Life, Metro, October 27th
Gleadell, Colin. Review. ‘The Power of Paint’, in: Telegraph
 Magazine, p.37, September 16
Review. ‘And if There Were No Stories’, in: Evening Standard, March 8th
Review. ‘Cluster Bomb at Morrison Judd’, in: Flash Art, Jan/Feb
Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Center Coventry, 2018
Dundee Contemporary Arts, 2017