Import/Export

Woods, R. 2003. Import/Export. Installation commissioned for the Venice Biennale, Italy

TitleImport/Export
CreatorsWoods, R.
Description

800 sq metres block print executed and exhibited in a disused monastery on the Guidecca, Venice; the exhibition explores the popular use of crazy paving and its cultural heritage. Import/Export is an 800 sq metres block print executed and exhibited in a disused monastery on the Guidecca. The exhibition

was comprised of an oversized crazy paving pattern which filled the monastery’s piazza where a terrazzo floor had once stood.

Woods explores the spread of “crazy paved” driveways and the connections with an increase in mass foreign travel in the early

1970s. He draws on memories of being a child and being fascinated by these D.I.Y renovations at the same time as the

popularisation of foreign travel and awareness of other cultures. Woods travelled extensively to Venice and researched various

architectural sites suitable for the installation. Over a four week period, the piazza was filled with an enormous printed floor,

which graphically described the crazy paving that was in turn influenced by the original terrazzo.

This artwork was commissioned by the Henry Moore Institute for the contemporary art biennale; it was one of three major

projects that year, including Hilary Lloyd and Graham Gussin. The project led directly on from the commissioned work Woods

installed at the Royal Academy (see Output 3). The restoration of the derelict piazza was the first large scale brick pattern

Woods installed, and this project led directly on to the red brick cladding installed in Oxford at New College (see output 4). The

work was published in the Venice Biennale catalogue “Dreams and Conflicts’; it was featured in lecture programmes and

discussion panels as “Art in the Public sphere” Tate Britain (March 2006) and “Discussing Art and Architecture” Kettles Yard

Museum, Cambridge (June 2007).

Date2003

Related outputs

New build (red brick architecture)
Woods, R. 2005. New build (red brick architecture). New College University of Oxford, UK.

Various pouring and leaking sculptures
Woods, R. 2002. Various pouring and leaking sculptures. Commissioned installation at the Royal Academy of Arts

Super Tudor
Woods, R. 2002. Super Tudor. Deitch Projects, 76 Grand Street, New York, NY

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