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Bill Woodrow (b.1948)

Electric Fire, Car Seat and Incident

After completing his studies at Winchester, Central St Martins and the Chelsea School of Art in the early 1970s, Woodrow began to create sculptures made from everyday objects. Discarded consumer goods are transformed with wry humour but also in protest at waste and the manufacturer's trick of built-in obsolescence. This artistic recycling has a particular resonance today.

For Electric Fire, Car Seat and Incident Woodrow cut up the back of a fire to create a gun, still attached by a kind of metal umbilical. This rests on a bright red car seat, the back of which has been cut to create a pool of blood seeping onto the floor. Woodrow says that the piece was inspired by stories of urban violence but he leaves it to the viewer to create a narrative.

Mediummixed media
Acquisition NumberSOTAG : 1982/18
Credit LinePurchased in 1982 through the Chipperfield Bequest Fund with assistance from the Victoria and Albert Purchase Grant Fund.