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CLARE WOODS

After Limbo

Night Gallery is thrilled to announce After Limbo, an exhibition of paintings by Clare Woods. This is the artist’s first solo presentation in Los Angeles, and follows her participation in Night Gallery’s group show Shrubs in January 2022.  

Clare Woods, After Limbo, installation view, 2022

Clare Woods, After Limbo, installation view, 2022

Clare Woods, Strange Things Happen, 2022

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Clare Woods, Strange Things Happen, 2022

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Clare Woods, After Limbo, installation view, 2022

Clare Woods, After Limbo, installation view, 2022

Clare Woods, Lips Don't Lie, 2022

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Clare Woods, Lips Don't Lie, 2022

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Clare Woods, After Limbo, installation view, 2022

Clare Woods, After Limbo, installation view, 2022

Clare Woods, Forget Yourself, 2022

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Clare Woods, Forget Yourself, 2022

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Clare Woods, The Foolish, 2022

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Clare Woods, The Foolish, 2022

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The works in After Limbo originate in the early phases of the 2020 lockdown in the UK. As the outside grew less recognizable, Woods’ experience of her own home shifted and catalyzed a reseeing of the objects inside of it: vases, teacups, and rugs seemed to mirror the strangeness of the world at large. The works on view are anchored by this collapse of recognition. Each painting is graphically intelligible from afar, but their structure breaks down at a closer vantage. Woods’ practice has long been concerned with vulnerability and fragility, and After Limbo captures how these themes manifest in the odd silence of the domestic space. 

Clare Woods, After Limbo, installation view, 2022

Clare Woods, After Limbo, installation view, 2022

Clare Woods, The Midnight Shop, 2022

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Clare Woods, The Midnight Shop, 2022

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Clare Woods, Dirty Day, 2022

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Clare Woods, Dirty Day, 2022

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The artist’s distinctive style is informed by her background in sculpture; large, gestural brushstrokes are used to sculpt objects within the pictorial plane. Woods’ still life and figurative paintings are unmistakably rooted in real space and time, but abstracted by bold, fluid marks upon the aluminum surface. It is through the materiality of paint that Woods achieves a simultaneous de/re construction of form, obscuring that which seems immediately discernible. 

Clare Woods, After Limbo, installation view, 2022

Clare Woods, After Limbo, installation view, 2022

Clare Woods, Here & Now, 2022

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Clare Woods, Here & Now, 2022

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Clare Woods, After Limbo, installation view, 2022

Clare Woods, After Limbo, installation view, 2022

Clare Woods, After Limbo, 2021

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Clare Woods, After Limbo, 2021

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Clare Woods, Maybe in Another World, 2022

Clare Woods, Maybe in Another World, 2022

Woods approaches the still life as a uniquely powerful index of physical precrarity, wherein flowers and the human body exist in similar condition of concurrent life and slow death. In the panoramic, eponymous After Limbo, a multicolored bouquet bursts from a near-voided backdrop, proliferating across three panels and evincing the objective beauty of the motif. But petals have fallen—or are falling in midair—and stems are beginning to wilt, magnifying the close proximity between vitality and decay. Elsewhere, Maybe in Another World evokes a distant reality that was predictable, constant. Unmoored from the illusion of stability, the only constant is the sky.

Clare Woods, After Limbo, installation view, 2022

Clare Woods, After Limbo, installation view, 2022

Clare Woods, Counter Fantasy, 2022

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Clare Woods, Counter Fantasy, 2022

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Clare Woods, The Whisperer, 2022

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Clare Woods, The Whisperer, 2022

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Clare Woods, After Limbo, installation view, 2022

Clare Woods, After Limbo, installation view, 2022

Clare Woods, Someone Else, 2022

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Clare Woods, Someone Else, 2022

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Clare Woods, After Limbo, installation view, 2022

Clare Woods, After Limbo, installation view, 2022

Across her newest body of work, the artist asks if there is any true solace to be found in the familiar. Are we engaged in a “return” to the routine, the unchallenging? Or are we living in the same state we always have, where the boundary between sickness and health is inherently shaky? We look through the window for answers.

Clare Woods, After Limbo, installation view, 2022

Clare Woods, After Limbo, installation view, 2022

Clare Woods, Collage for Consciously Contemplate, 2020

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Clare Woods, Collage for Consciously Contemplate, 2020

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Clare Woods, Collage for Lover Boy, 2019

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Clare Woods, Collage for Lover Boy, 2019

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Clare Woods, After Limbo, installation view, 2022

Clare Woods, After Limbo, installation view, 2022

Clare Woods, Collage for Tough Guy, 2020

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Clare Woods, Collage for Tough Guy, 2020

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Clare Woods (b. 1972, Southampton, UK) has presented solo shows in 2020-2021 at Simon Lee Gallery, London; Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen; Cristea Roberts Gallery, London; and Buchmann Galerie, Berlin. In March 2022, Woods will mount a solo exhibition at The Serlachius Museums, Mänttä. She has had recent institutional solo exhibitions at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester; Mead Gallery, University of Worcester, UK; Dundee Contemporary Art, UK; Harewood House, Yorkshire; Southampton City Art Gallery, UK; Hepworth Wakefield, UK, and group exhibitions include Fernweh Space, Beijing; National Museum of Wales, Cardiff; ARKEN Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen; Tate St. Ives, UK; and Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo. A monograph on Woods entitled Strange Meetings was published in 2016 by Art / Books, London, and her work has been featured in Front Runner Magazine, Studio International, the Art Newspaper, Frieze Magazine, Independent, and Financial Times Magazine. Her work belongs in permanent collections of The Hepworth Wakefield, UK; National Museum, Cardiff; and Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, among many others. Woods lives and works in Hereford, UK.

Clare Woods Strange Things Happen, 2022

Clare Woods
Strange Things Happen, 2022
oil on aluminum
48 7/8 x 98 1/8 in (124.1 x 249.2 cm)
CWD007

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Clare Woods Lips Don't Lie, 2022

Clare Woods
Lips Don't Lie, 2022
oil on aluminum
59 1/8 x 59 1/8 in (150.2 x 150.2 cm)
CWD011

Clare Woods Forget Yourself, 2022

Clare Woods
Forget Yourself, 2022
oil on aluminum
39 3/8 x 27 1/2 in (100 x 69.9 cm)
CWD010
 

Clare Woods The Foolish, 2022

Clare Woods
The Foolish, 2022
oil on aluminum
59 1/8 x 59 1/8 in (150.2 x 150.2 cm)
CWD013

Clare Woods The Midnight Shop, 2022

Clare Woods
The Midnight Shop, 2022
oil on aluminum
39 3/8 x 39 3/8 in (100 x 100 cm)
CWD017

Clare Woods Dirty Day, 2022

Clare Woods
Dirty Day, 2022
oil on aluminum
11 3/8 x 14 1/8 in (28.9 x 35.9 cm)
CWD016

Clare Woods Here & Now, 2022

Clare Woods
Here & Now, 2022
oil on aluminum
39 3/8 x 27 1/2 in (100 x 69.9 cm)
CWD008

Clare Woods After Limbo, 2021

Clare Woods
After Limbo, 2021
oil on aluminum
3 panels, each 98 7/16 x 78 3/4 in (250 x 200 cm); overall dimensions: 98 3/8 x 236 1/4 in
CWD006

Clare Woods Maybe in Another World, 2022

Clare Woods
Maybe in Another World, 2022
oil on aluminum
59 1/8 x 39 3/8 in (150.2 x 99.1 cm)
CWD018
 

Clare Woods Counter Fantasy, 2022

Clare Woods
Counter Fantasy, 2022
oil on aluminum
59 1/8 x 78 3/4 in (150.2 x 200 cm)
CWD009

Clare Woods The Whisperer, 2022

Clare Woods
The Whisperer, 2022
oil on aluminum
12 5/8 x 11 3/4 in (32.1 x 29.8 cm)
CWD014

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Clare Woods Someone Else, 2022

Clare Woods
Someone Else, 2022
oil on aluminum
59 1/8 x 59 1/8 in (150.2 x 150.2 cm)
CWD012

Clare Woods Collage for Consciously Contemplate, 2020

Clare Woods
Collage for Consciously Contemplate, 2020
oil and spray paint on paper
35 7/8 x 63 1/6 in (91.1 x 160.4 cm)
CWD019

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Clare Woods Collage for Lover Boy, 2019

Clare Woods
Collage for Lover Boy, 2019
oil and spray paint on paper
30 1/8 × 25 in (76.5 x 63.5 cm)
CWD021

Clare Woods Collage for Tough Guy, 2020

Clare Woods
Collage for Tough Guy, 2020
oil and spray paint on paper
49 1/5 × 35 2/5 in (125 x 89.9 cm)
CWD020
 

Clare Woods Strange Things Happen, 2022

Clare Woods
Strange Things Happen, 2022
oil on aluminum
48 7/8 x 98 1/8 in (124.1 x 249.2 cm)
CWD007

Clare Woods Lips Don't Lie, 2022

Clare Woods
Lips Don't Lie, 2022
oil on aluminum
59 1/8 x 59 1/8 in (150.2 x 150.2 cm)
CWD011

Clare Woods Forget Yourself, 2022

Clare Woods
Forget Yourself, 2022
oil on aluminum
39 3/8 x 27 1/2 in (100 x 69.9 cm)
CWD010
 

Clare Woods The Foolish, 2022

Clare Woods
The Foolish, 2022
oil on aluminum
59 1/8 x 59 1/8 in (150.2 x 150.2 cm)
CWD013

Clare Woods The Midnight Shop, 2022

Clare Woods
The Midnight Shop, 2022
oil on aluminum
39 3/8 x 39 3/8 in (100 x 100 cm)
CWD017

Clare Woods Dirty Day, 2022

Clare Woods
Dirty Day, 2022
oil on aluminum
11 3/8 x 14 1/8 in (28.9 x 35.9 cm)
CWD016

Clare Woods Here & Now, 2022

Clare Woods
Here & Now, 2022
oil on aluminum
39 3/8 x 27 1/2 in (100 x 69.9 cm)
CWD008

Clare Woods After Limbo, 2021

Clare Woods
After Limbo, 2021
oil on aluminum
3 panels, each 98 7/16 x 78 3/4 in (250 x 200 cm); overall dimensions: 98 3/8 x 236 1/4 in
CWD006

Clare Woods Maybe in Another World, 2022

Clare Woods
Maybe in Another World, 2022
oil on aluminum
59 1/8 x 39 3/8 in (150.2 x 99.1 cm)
CWD018
 

Clare Woods Counter Fantasy, 2022

Clare Woods
Counter Fantasy, 2022
oil on aluminum
59 1/8 x 78 3/4 in (150.2 x 200 cm)
CWD009

Clare Woods The Whisperer, 2022

Clare Woods
The Whisperer, 2022
oil on aluminum
12 5/8 x 11 3/4 in (32.1 x 29.8 cm)
CWD014

Clare Woods Someone Else, 2022

Clare Woods
Someone Else, 2022
oil on aluminum
59 1/8 x 59 1/8 in (150.2 x 150.2 cm)
CWD012

Clare Woods Collage for Consciously Contemplate, 2020

Clare Woods
Collage for Consciously Contemplate, 2020
oil and spray paint on paper
35 7/8 x 63 1/6 in (91.1 x 160.4 cm)
CWD019

Clare Woods Collage for Lover Boy, 2019

Clare Woods
Collage for Lover Boy, 2019
oil and spray paint on paper
30 1/8 × 25 in (76.5 x 63.5 cm)
CWD021

Clare Woods Collage for Tough Guy, 2020

Clare Woods
Collage for Tough Guy, 2020
oil and spray paint on paper
49 1/5 × 35 2/5 in (125 x 89.9 cm)
CWD020