|Title||New build (red brick architecture)|
The Red Brick architectural interventions were designed as a triumvirate of installation projects, which transformed buildings by temporarily cladding them with red brick printed MDF panels. ‘The New Build’ installation was the first version of the series, ‘Red Brick Architecture’. These architectural interventions were
designed as a triumvirate of projects: ‘New Build’ at Oxford University; ‘Renovation’ in a suburban detached street in South
West London (20.8.05 -18.9.05), and ‘The Decorative Arts’ in a gallery and warehouse building in Turin, (solo show, 2005, and
permanent site 2007). Each artwork builds on and explores very different architectural and contextual relationships with the red
brick pattern and thus with each other.
The Long Room at New College, University of Oxford, was the first location to be chosen for the work, covering a building with a
combined surface area of more than 20,000 square feet. By bringing the red brick pattern to Oxford University Woods brought
brown field site aesthetics to an architectural and educational heritage site. A suburban detached street in South West London
was the second site for the architectural makeover. This site provided a domestic context for the project, concentrating on the
DIY nature of home improvement. The third site was a warehouse building which is part of a large Italian Art Foundation. This
context explored the many industrial architectural makeovers that exist in inner cities. Woods juxtaposes architectural forms,
using the red brick skin in various physical manifestations. As the triumvirate is now being completed the relationships between
the buildings become clearer.
The ‘Red Brick Architecture’ series has been discussed by Woods at ‘Art in The Public Sphere’ (Tate Britain, March 29th 2006).
‘Newbuild’ features in the V&A book ‘Prints Now' a worldwide survey into important print-based contemporary art (2006).