February 3–May 6, 2012

Answers to Questions: John Wood and Paul Harrison

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  • John Wood and Paul Harrison. Night and Day (video still), 2008. Single channel HDV, 24 minutes, 18 seconds. Courtesy of the artists

Answers to Questions features ten videos by the British collaborators John Wood and Paul Harrison.  With a deadpan delivery worthy of Buster Keaton, Wood and Harrison create intimate, formally structured mise-en-scènes in which they use their own bodies in restrained interactions with such commonplace items as tennis balls, chairs, and strings. The artists delight in orchestrating the comic consequences of inertia, gravity, and the law of falling bodies in these low-tech physics experiments.  Their blend of elegant conceptualism and slapstick conveys a sense of inspired pranksterism.

Answers to Questions: John Wood and Paul Harrison was organized by the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston and has been made possible by the Houston Endowment, the City of Houston through the Houston Museum District Association, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Texas Commission on the Arts, and the patrons, benefactors, and donors to the CAMH’s Major Exhibition Fund.

The exhibition is curated by Toby Kamps, curator of modern and contemporary art, The Menil Collection.

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