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Richard Woods: The Ideal Home Exhibition at Alan Cristea Gallery

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New work by Richard Woods (b. 1966), who is interested in the cult of home improvement and notions of taste, will be unveiled in The Ideal Home Exhibition at the Alan Cristea Gallery, London, from 21 June - 31 July 2018. New sculp-tures, paintings, and prints take as their subject the theme of Woods' 2017 Folkestone Triennial commission, 'Holiday Home'. 'Holiday Home', an installation on view in Folkestone in autumn 2017, featured six identical structures designed to look like traditional British bungalows. The structures were installed around the seaside town in some desirable and not so desirable locations; on a beach, on a hillside, on a traffic island, in a carpark overlooking the sea and floating in the harbour. Each 'house' was one third the size of an actual house. Too small to live in, with no windows or doors, these cartoon homes played on the idea of sought-after locations and the booming market, amid a crisis of housing supply, for second homes by the sea. The Ideal Home Exhibition will include brightly coloured mini versions of Holiday Home. They will be shown together with large paintings, each measuring between one and two metres in width, which depict houses that are half built or are adorned with new 'must-have' features. Woods has humorously titled these works; 'Modernising opportunity', 'Living the dream (bungalow with modern extension)', and 'Installing a green roof is simple and affordable. These densely inked compositions will be shown together with Dream Homes' 2018 (pictured) a new series of eight prints, a combination of woodblock and stencil, which takes as its central motif the black outline of a house. Each print is layered with Woods' classic brick, tile, wood and stone patterns and designs. The exhibition will also include small framed paintings from a series entitled Hand Held Land-scapes, 2017. These works combine an interest in portable medieval panel paintings that were folded up and carried by worshippers in their pockets for private devotion as well as referencing the generic greenbelt 'land for sale' images offered in estate agent windows. Woods comments, "I hope my work has always reflected my interests in home renovation, DIY culture and notions of taste. And in turn how all those things reflect our national obsession with class and status. Maybe housing, or the lack of it, has become a sharper issue. It's a subject that perme-ates almost every part of our lives."

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