With We Built this City, the first solo exhibition at von Bartha Copenhagen by John Wood & Paul Harrison, the artist duo will present their installation ‘A Film about a City’.
“We’re not really into master plans” they declare when speaking about the work that mimics the model-based planning of a city. Unlike other master plans, Wood & Harrison’s proposal was intentionally not conceived to develop beyond the presented architectural model, which, according to the artist duo, is a collection of a series of badly laid plans. The installation, which at von Bartha, takes up the entire exhibition space, invites the viewer to discover all these flawed or even impossible inventions and circumstances, which on closer inspection reveal themselves. Here, long ramps lead pedestrians up to nowhere, the bus stop has no space for waiting passengers and the penthouse in the high-rise is the only apartment in the building. All are parts of the bits and pieces between other bits and pieces that make up the work, that make up a city. In addition to the installation, We Built this City presents a series of new paintings by the duo.
Alongside the exhibition in the gallery, Wood & Harrison will present an outdoor light installation on the façade of the gallery building. Visitors will be able to access the work both day and night.
26 May – 15 Jul 2023
1799 København V
Level-free access – no
Handicap toilet – no
Free for companion – yes