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Richard Woods: Estate

Open Air
Past
10 Aug 2019

Richard Woods was born in Chester, UK, in 1966 and graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art, London in 1990, where he trained as a sculptor. Woods is well known for his architectural installations and re-surfacing of structures that propose an absurd twist on the cult of home improvement and DIY aesthetics. His works are characterised by cartoon-like decorative surfaces, bold patterns and vibrant colours.

Estate (2019) is a line drawing of a house that will sit within in the historic landscape at YSP. Measuring 100 metres in length the intervention will be created using black fabric rolled across areas of the Park, and designed to be best seen from the sky or by Google maps.
 
Estate is the first in a series of architectural land art drawings by Woods that take inspiration from historical earthworks carved into the countryside, such as the Uffington White Horse and the Cerne Abbas Giant. Inspired by the way both horse and giant sit directly into the hillside, the artist is interested in exploring the relationship with imagery and landscape.
 
Wood’s practice often explores questions around social issues, including housing and home building, status anxiety, relationships, homelessness and housing prices. By placing a standard housing motif into green belt land, the artist is questioning ideas of desirable places to live, and exploring the word 'estate' as a large single country residence, but also as mass housing developments in rural areas.
 

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