Ben Woodeson


Ben Woodeson makes work that deliberately sets out to confront the viewer and challenge the exhibiting institution. Using everyday objects and modular materials he creates works that randomly spin, roll, wobble, fall, flick, collapse, shatter and even ignite. Unsurprisingly his studio is full of dangerous stuff that frequently goes bang.

Woodeson studied at Glasgow School of Art and is the grandson of the German Jewish artist Jack Bilbo. He lives and works in London.


2003 Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Maine, USA
2000 Glasgow School of Art, MFA


2011 Causality, Elevator Gallery, London, England
2010 Violations #10 and #15, Trade Gallery, Nottingham, England
2010 Scary stupid spinning thing, The Tank Room, London, England
2010 Chemical Spill, Space (Foyer), London, England
2009 Me love you long time (AKA Five in Five), Basement 43, London, England
2009 Twisted (Selected Works), Electrohype, Skånes Konstförenings, Malmo, Sweden
2009 Evacuation, Borstal Space, Hackney, London, England
2005 Infobabilise, Jerwood Space, London, England
2004 0.001 Percent Volume, Mercer Union, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Toronto, Ca
2002 Piccadilly Radio, Bowie Art Window Pain Project, London, England
2001 In too deep, The Red Gallery, Hull, England
2001 Everyday Value, The BBQ Project, Berlin, Germany
1999 Wendy House, SwitchSpace, Glasgow, Scotland
1999 Unscripted, Intermedia gallery, Glasgow, Scotland


2012 Preposterous, La Scatola Gallery, London
2012 Tom Estes & Ben Woodeson, Lubomirov Easton Gallery, London, England
2012 Elevated to a crash pad, The Monks Gallery, Lincoln, England
2012 Retrospex, Elevator Gallery, London, England
2012 Florence Trust Residency Annual Exhibition, Florence Trust, London, England
2012 Play / Game / Place / State, Day + Gluckman @ Collyer Bristow Gallery, London, England
2012 Pink does not exist, Flat C project space, London, England
2012 in/compatible, transmediale, HKW, Berlin, Germany
2012 Form and Malfunction, Angus-Hughes Gallery, London, England
2011 Experimental Station, LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial, Gijón, Spain
2011 Experimental Station, CA2M Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Madrid, Spain
2011 Textures of Time, Frederic Parker Gallery, London, England
2011 How to carve totem poles, Acadia Missa, London, England
2010 NierghtravAOnWint’sIfATeller, Gooden Gallery ‘24/7’, London, England
2010 Push and Shove collaboration with Ben Dembroski, Piksel 10 Festival, Bergen, Norway
2010 Rhizome, Departure Gallery, London, England
2010 The Tomorrow People, Elevator Gallery, London, England
2010 Die Panke, Berlin, Germany
2010 The Electric Return of Revenge, Two-person show with Antonia Low, LoBe, Berlin, Germany
2009 Piksel 09, Gallerie 3,14, Bergen, Norway
2009 Levels of Undo, Location One, NYC, USA
2009 Creekside Open 2009, APT Gallery, London, England
2009 Forårsudstillingen/The Spring Exhibition, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark
2007 Driven, Fieldgate Gallery, London, England
2006 Perimeters, Boundaries & Borders, City Lab – Fast-UK & Folly, Lancaster, England
2006 PRIVATE: Staff Only, ICA, London, England
2005 OK/OKAY, Swiss Institute, NYC & Grey Art Gallery, NYC, USA (Simultaneous shows)
2005 Sub Rosa, Tredegar Square, Bow, London, England
2004 The Science of Superheroes, Overgaden Institute for Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, Dk
2003 New Contemporaries, Victoria Miro Warehouse, London & Cornerhouse Gallery, Manchester, England
2003 Free Fall, Peterborough Digital Arts, England

Awards and Bursaries

2009 Prize winner (selected by Mark Wallinger) for Randomly Activated Tripwires, Creekside Open 2009
2005 Scottish Arts Council, Creative Development Grant
2004 British Council, Exhibition Grant
2004 Glasgow City Council, Visual Arts Grant
2003 Scottish Arts Council, Professional Development Grant

Education and Residencies

2011 Florence Trust residency, London, England
2010 Gallery Residency, LoBe, Berlin, Germany
2009 Collaborative virtual residency with Ursula Endlicher, Location One, New York
2004 Sculpture Space Inc. Residency, Utica, USA

Installation view, 2012
Preposterous, La Scatola Gallery, London, UK