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Bill Woodrow

Ship of Fools: Discovery of Time

This play is a reflection on the (im)possibility of accepting diversity and the other. The fragmented body of the neoplasm—the fruit of unstable conditions—overcomes barriers, loves and denies itself and others, wanders around, forgetting its profession. It frequently and with pleasure divides, goes through dangerous palpation, questions the possibility of contact with the experience of the other. Poorly brought up but very successful, it invites us to a trans-species transition.

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The artist left the turn-of-the-century kitchen in its worn state with peeling paint, neglected wood, and antiquated fixtures. He added forms, cut from old metal cabinets.

You open the door into a room to see a disaster, frozen in time. The floor has been raised to show the effects of a mounting flood.

From a tap, made of an overturned gas mantle heater, liquid gold has flowed, filling the kitchen, and has petrified. A metronome fashioned from part of a cabinet to which it still clings stands as a symbol of time. Emerging from the pantry is the front half of a large water buffalo with a ship's model caught in its horns. A remnant from the cabinet out of which the horns were cut sticks up through the gleaming surface like the fin of a shark. Over all of this, an unshaded bulb casts harsh light.

Ship of Fools: Discovery of Time is a permanent installation. It was installed at the Mattress Factory in 1986 and opened to the public in 1988.

When

1988

About The Artist

Bill Woodrow was born near Henley, Oxfordshire, UK. In addition to sculpture, Woodrow specializes in drawing, and printmaking. He studied at Winchester School of Art, Winchester, St. Martin’s School of Art, London, and Chelsea School of Art, London. Woodrow’s career took off in the early 1970’s after he hosted his first solo exhibition at Whitechapel Art Gallery in London. In his earlier work, Woodrow used recycled materials taken from dumps and scrap yards. Later in his career he began working with bronze. Woodrow’s work is held by collections including, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The British Museum, London; Tate Gallery, London; Musée des Beaux-Arts, France; Butler Gallery, Ireland; Yongsan Family Park, Korea, and much more.

The artist left the turn-of-the-century kitchen in its worn state with peeling paint, neglected wood, and antiquated fixtures. He added forms, cut from old metal cabinets.

You open the door into a room to see a disaster, frozen in time. The floor has been raised to show the effects of a mounting flood.

From a tap, made of an overturned gas mantle heater, liquid gold has flowed, filling the kitchen, and has petrified. A metronome fashioned from part of a cabinet to which it still clings stands as a symbol of time. Emerging from the pantry is the front half of a large water buffalo with a ship's model caught in its horns. A remnant from the cabinet out of which the horns were cut sticks up through the gleaming surface like the fin of a shark. Over all of this, an unshaded bulb casts harsh light.

Ship of Fools: Discovery of Time is a permanent installation. It was installed at the Mattress Factory in 1986 and opened to the public in 1988.

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