The cut

Bill Woodrow’s metal sculptures baffle the mind. The British artist cleverly cuts out nets from discarded objects, such as car doors and oil drums, and then assembles them into the likes of guitars, walkie-talkies and even a beaver. The sculptures contain both parts, often joined together and the origin of the new object still visible.

At the end of this month, London’s Waddington Galleries will host a retrospective of the artist, featuring works from the height of his popularity from 1981 to 1988.

Bill Woodrow, A Passing Car, a Caring Word, 1982
Bill Woodrow, A Passing Car, a Caring Word, 1982

The exhibition will show 19 of his major pieces from this time including the first sculpture Woodrow made from his trademark technique, Spin Dryer with Bicycle Frame, 1981, which, as the name suggests, features a bicycle frame and the metal washer it was cut from.

Some of Woodrow’s pieces contain narratives, such as Car Door, Armchair and Incident, 1982. A metal shot door is created from a old car door, which in turn scatters remnants of a battered armchair with its trajectory. It was inspired by images of violence Woodrow encountered in the media.

Bill Woodrow: Sculptures 1981–1988 runs from 23 March – 16 April at Waddington Galleries 11 Cork Street, London W1S.

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