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John Wood and Paul Harrison: No Beginning - No Middle - No End

Exhibition view No Beginning - No Middle - No End 2010, photo: David Aebi

Exhibition view No Beginning - No Middle - No End 2010, photo: David Aebi

Exhibition view No Beginning - No Middle - No End 2010, photo: David Aebi

25. September – 28. November 2010

Kunstmuseum

The two british artists John Wood (*1969) and Paul Harrison (*1966) have been working together since 1993. The interaction of the two - either in a supportive or antagonistic manner - is simultaneously the condition and object of study of their artistic mode of expression. They are famous for their film works, but also engage in photography and drawing. Their minimalist, sculptural, installative and choreographed stagings oscillate between collapse, deliberation and coincidence. But they alway aim at the systematic order of things. In the lab-like environment of their videos small everyday objects or gestures obtain new functions and connotations and thereby offer something unforseen and unexpected for the viewer.

The artists develop their ideas with the help of drawings that later may take the form of videos, prints, photographs or sculptures, but which at the same time retain a sketchy and graphic quality. Their cinematic examinations in space and time take place mostly in spaces particularly created for that purpose and follow a pseudo-scientific method: the artists define the scenario, the starting point as well as the conditions and parameters of the events. But once the "ball" is running, coincidence is often the determing factor.

In the exhibition John Wood and Paul Harrison: No Beginning - No Middle - No End Kunstmuseum Thun focuses on the recent work of the two artists and in this context also displays the latest textual creations.

The exhibition was organised in collaboration with the Ikon Gallery Birmingham an the Musée départemental d'art contemporain de Rochechouart and is their first solo exhibition in an institution in Switzerland.