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Ben Woodeson Super Scary Spinning Thing at Tank Station Private View Wednesday 10th March

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Tank Station, Ben Woodeson, Super Scary Spinning Thing, 6-7.45pm, St. Saviours & St. Olaves School, New Kent Road, London, SE1 4AN 11/03/2010 – 26/03/2010
The Tank Room St. Saviours & St. Olaves School New Kent Road London SE1 4AN

The Tank Room is pleased to announce that their next exhibition will be a solo presentation by London artist Ben Woodeson, known for his “deliberately dangerous” installations and sculptures. Woodeson will be installing “Health & Safety Violation #19 – Super Scary Spinning Thing” a work that challenges both the exhibiting institution and the viewer.

Hard hats and eye protection will be provided and must be worn.

How far will you go?

Primarily using basic technologies Woodeson makes energetic sculptures; frequently they are reactive, not in the usual push this, pull that sense, rather their physical activity instigates a more intense and visceral relationship with the viewer and institution. In most cases the sculptures are unaware of the presence of the viewer, the works don’t care if they (the viewer) are there or not, their control systems are automatic and random. The sculptures aim to affect their environment by modifying it, whether through physical motion, temperature changes, subverting information and/or sense of security.

Since the start of 2009 Woodeson has been making and exhibiting the Health & Safety Violation Series of deliberately dangerous sculptures; to date these have included 33,000 ball bearings on the floor, automatic trip wires, suffocation devices, electric fences, spinning metal weights, twisting ropes and steel garrotting cables.

Woodeson studied at Chelsea College of Art and Design and Glasgow School of Art. He has exhibited throughout the UK, Europe and the USA. He is based in Hackney, London and teaches at Central St Martins.

The Tank Room gallery is an initiative of the Art Department of St. Saviours & St. Olaves School a science specialist school in the Bermondsey area of London. For further information please contact:

Sue Mullholland, Head of Art, SMulholland@ssso.southwark.sch.uk

www.woodeson.co.uk

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