Saturday, April 10

Long Distance Information by Bill Woodrow

In 1983 the British Council exhibited "Transformations - New Sculpture from Britain" at the São Paulo Biennal showing the sculptures of six artists. Bill Woodrow was chosen and "Long Distance Information, 1983" was one of his works. He has a diverse oeuvre and you can search at this site his many periods even though the photographies online sometimes are not very good. In the eighties he did several works by cutting the shape of an object from a metal structure and transforming the two-dimensional projection into three dimensional objects. Long Distance Information was the title of a popular song by Chuck Berry which celebrated the possibility of talking to a child by telephone across a continent and Woodrow draw from an old car bonnet the shapes of a photographic camera, walkie-talkies and a bullet. What these objects have in common are speed if you will - even the bullet which is faster than a knife for instance if you intend to kill. It is very difficult and sometimes unfair to attribute meaning to the work of some artists. But I cannot help thinking that Woodrow predicted cell phones. :) I am sorry Bill. But what really strikes me the most in the work of this period is this ability to make the illusion that the object was taken from the metal shape. I think it is amazing.


Anonymous said...

Your site has everything the inquiring mind needs. Those cut outs are kind of an interesting techno graphic. I going back to older stuff I had a little trouble getting my mind around the full meaning of terrorism and the fight against it represented in art. Yes, images of Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo and others do rattle our Western sensibilities. But war and war art are part of the atrocity called war. Our good manners and breeding go out the window when our life is threatened. The fact that our feedom of Religion is being threatened is even more disturbing and has us as edgy as a cat on a hot tin roof. Haven’t we always feared the opposing side’s radical beliefs? I think of WW11 and the fanatic pilots who plunged into Pearl Harbor on their one way to suicide missions, emblazoned on Japanese art. I think of Hitler’s graphic portraits, so ridged and authoritarian the look in his eye is as cold as the blue steel of a revolver. War art and graphics have always played a role in online graphic arts .
They offer visual news and silent persuasion. We are the product of our art and isn’t it ashamed that the innocent Danish cartoons raised such a hell storm among the Arab community. We are in the fight for our lives.

Ana said...

Thank you for the comment.
You raised many issues and a comment would not answer them all.
I visited the online graphic arts and I will use it as a reference for future posts.
Thank you.

Ana said...

"Your site has everything the inquiring mind needs."

I forgot to thank you for saying that because I have doubts if what "is not" said is being understand.
You made me see that it does.