The composition of Woodcock’s shots is so impressive that one is tempted to see them as sophisticated photo montages. This would be a mistake. The viewer is not tricked by an optical illusion, but instead succumbs to a complex reality that mirrors modern life. By using a large-format camera and a lens that captures different image areas with equal definition, the viewer is drawn into a confusing world of urban diversity.
The perspectives chosen by Woodcock are surprising – they nestle between towering residential and commercial buildings, foreground and background blending into one another while the horizon appears to dissolve. The viewer experiences a general loss of orientation and is forced to question the distinction between the private and public spheres. Architecture becomes a visual metaphor for human existence and the structures of society.
To strengthen the effect of these interwoven, interlocking city scenes they are bathed in a surreal light. The intensive colour is produced through a long exposure time at night. The viewer sees a real world presented in artistic form, a window to the future.
|1975||Born in San Francisco, USA|
|2002||Bachelor of Fine Arts – Photography, San Francisco Art Institute, USA|
|Studies in the master program in Fine Arts at UC Davis, University of California, USA|
|Lives in San Francisco, USA|
|2003||ArtLink@Sotheby's International Young Art program|
|2004||Caterina Pazzi Contemporary Art, Rome, Italy|
Group Exhibitions (Selection)
|2003|| Sonoma Valley Museum of Art 2007 Biennial, Sonoma, USA |
Douglas Udell Gallery of Canada, Canada
|Art fairs in Paris and Toronto|
Woodcock, Christopher: Bedroom Rockers – Where DJS Call Home, ADIDAS ORIGINALS, 2005