Resurrect: Quercus Robur, 1810-2019
VR Loading...

Resurrect: Quercus Robur, 1810-2019 @ Alice Black, London

Sat 16 Nov 2019 to Fri 20 Dec 2019

Resurrect: Quercus Robur, 1810-2019 @ Alice Black

, ,
Open: Temporary Closure

47 Berwick Street, W1F 8SQ, London West End, UK
Open: Temporary Closure


Resurrect: Quercus Robur, 1810-2019


Resurrect: Quercus Robur, 1810-2019
to Fri 20 Dec 2019
Temporary Closure

Rachael Louise Bailey & Johnny Woodford

ALICE BLACK presents ‘Resurrect’, a monumental new installation by British artists Rachael Louise Bailey (b.1975) and Johnny Woodford (b.1962). The collaborative work sees a large section of a fallen oak tree resurrected in the gallery.

Alice Black Resurrect 1

Alice Black Resurrect 2

Alice Black Resurrect 3

Alice Black Resurrect 4

Alice Black Resurrect 5

‘Resurrect’ will be appearing in a number of forms, at a variety of site-specific locations – this exhibition at the Soho, London space marks its first exhibit. Harbouring strong environmental underpinnings, ‘Resurrect’ is intended to shine a critical spotlight on the crucial role of trees in our time of climate crisis and on the nature of human intervention in the natural world.

Quercus Robur, 1810-2019 once stood on the edge of woodland in West Sussex, where starved of light it fell before its time. Discovered in the Spring of this year and with the agreement of the land-owners, Bailey and Woodford removed the 200 year old Oak, limb by limb, beginning the careful process of deconstruction and reconstruction.

Rachael Louise Bailey (b. 1975) lives and works between Kent and Brighton, UK. She studied at ‘Statuaria Arte School of Sculpture’, residency, Cararra, Italy (2004); ‘Direct Carving Stone and Wood’, Formation Professionnel-Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris, France (2010-14); ‘Conception de jardin dans le paysage’, Formation Professionnel – Ecole Nationale Supérieure du Paysage’, Versailles, France (2006-08). The genesis for Bailey’s work is in the exploration and transformation of overlooked or discarded material that is often deemed to be of little value or significance yet has long lasting environmental consequences. Through her manipulation of these materials, Bailey shines an unsparing spotlight on the unfortunate anthropocentric realities of our time. In 2019 Bailey won the Fondation Francois Schneider, Contemporary Talents International Art Award as well as the An Lanntair ‘Island Going Residency’ in the Outer Hebrides.

Johnny Woodford (b. 1962) studied at Brighton University with a BA in Fine Art (1985-1988). Since graduating, Woodford has worked primarily with wood. In 1994 he bought six acres of Sussex woodland which has been and remains the focus of his attention. When not working on the land he spends his time split between making sculpture and building structures. Work produced this year include a series of carved and burnt walls for the Andy Sturgeon garden at the Chelsea Flower Show and a puppet theatre commissioned by Cleve West for Christ church CE in south London.

Courtesy of the artists and Alice Black, London

more to explore:


By using you agree to our use of cookies to enhance your experience. Close