For their two-person show, Perry Roberts and Craig Wood utilise materials that are both very simple and unadulterated, in the sense that they have been manipulated to a minimal extent. Although very different in physical form and context, both artists’ work pursues the notion of the unremarkable and the familiar.
Perry Roberts' work utilises traditional artist’s supplies: cotton-duck, flax canvas, wooden stretchers and gesso, which carry with them the historical weight of western painting. The only element lacking in Roberts’ work was the painted image itself. The predominantly monochrome nature of the work focuses attention on the panels that form them, and his work at Chisenhale has much in common with standard problems faced by architects and designers in the need to break up space.
Craig Wood’s work is made up of floor-based plastic sheets that contain sealed water. These imply confinement and human control of the elements, whilst mimicking the landscape in their suggestion of puddles or sheets of ice. More disturbingly, the installation hints at a rapidly diminishing ‘nature’ preserved in controlled conditions, and one of the most decadent aspects of the post-war boom: plastic packaging.
Perry Roberts was born in 1954 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, he currently lives and works in Antwerp. He received his B.A. from Bristol Polytechnic (1974-7) and an M.A. from Goldsmiths College (1987-9). In 1990 he was Artist in Residence at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam.
Craig Wood was born in 1960 in Edinburgh, Scotland. He completed his Foundation Course at Dyfed College of Art (1985-6), in Carmarthen/Wales, and studied Fine Art at Goldsmith College of Art, London (1986-9). He currently lives and works in Wales.