Bill Woodrow

Clamp (1986)

About this artwork

In this sculpture, a section of ventilation ducting is topped by a snake/branch, which is grasped by a golden fist and a transistor radio; this in turn is held together by a G-shaped clamp. This curious assortment of objects has been made from the metal cut out of the ventilation duct. The sculpture is typical of Woodrow's work of the 1980s, when found or discarded objects were ingeniously reused and enhanced. In an era of consumerism, Woodrow's sculptures are a positive symbol of recycling and regeneration.

  • title: Clamp
  • accession number: GMA 3007
  • artist: Bill WoodrowEnglish (born 1948)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Sculpture
  • date created: 1986
  • measurements: 248.50 x 67.00 x 51.00 cm
  • credit line: Purchased 1986

Bill Woodrow

Bill Woodrow

Woodrow was born in Oxfordshire and studied art at St Martin's School of Art, London, from 1968 to 1971. He was one of a number of sculptors in the early 1980s, whose work was mainly 'object based', beginning with a manufactured object rather than being carved or modelled. Woodrow began using discarded consumer products in his work of the 1970s. From 1980 he made sculptures in which junk objects - particularly domestic appliances - were ingeniously cut and crafted, creating an absurd and magical world in which apparently unrelated objects were united and transformed.