Site Festival 1st-31st May 2014
A festival of artist-led projects in Stroud Gloucestershire
The Site Festival is a contemporary arts festival, now in its 18th year, which brings a full and dynamic programme of visual arts, performance, music, screenings, open studios and talks to the Stroud Valleys for the whole month of May.
The Site Festival 2014 will feature:
• A curated programme in SVA’s new gallery and studios in John Street and the Goods Shed
• Open Studios
• A Site Festival Fringe programme of events and exhibitions
New work by John Wood and Paul Harrison
Goods Shed, Stroud, Gloucestershire GL5 3AP
4 John Street, Stroud, Gloucestershire GL5 2HA
The Site Festival 2014 will be opening with an exhibition of new work by
John Wood and Paul Harrison in the Brunel Goods Shed in Stroud.
John Wood and Paul Harrison
John Wood and Paul Harrison met whilst studying in Bath in the late 1980’s and have been working together since 1993. Primarily working in video the practice has recently diversified to include drawings, objects, photographs and text works.
This show will include 7 new video works linked by a sense of foreboding and violence, undercut by a lack of spectacle and drama.
A driverless car rolls slowly downhill towards a lake; A series of car bombs explode in an out of town car park; A forest fire burns; A chair in a grey office suddenly rotates in mid air; An unlucky man is assassinated 13 times; an even more unlucky man falls from a ladder 100 times.
Much of the work takes, as a starting point, a generic cinematic moment. This moment is then extended through repetition or super slow motion to become the entirety of the work. It is no longer just a part of the plot. It is the plot.
The show will also include over 50 small drawings and 5 large-scale drawing.
An exhibition catalogue will be available with text from Simon Munnery, writer and experimental standup comedian, and images of new work by John Wood and Paul Harrison.