A Complete Workshop and Test Space
完備的車間實驗室


TEXT BY 撰文 x Harry Liu 劉競晨
TRANSLATED BY 翻譯 x Syndi Huang 黃煥欣
IMAGE COURTESY BY 圖片提供 x Gary Woodley 加裡·伍德裡

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Gary Woodley, a native Londoner, graduated from London’s Chelsea College of Arts in the 70s, and began teaching at Slade School of Fine Art in the late 80s. His works has been widely exhibited all over the world in famous museums and galleries like Tate Britain.

Before the interview, we already heard Woodley had an “incredible” studio. But it is until after the visit to his studio, we found it indeed deserve the name. Woodley’s studio is located in a rugged industrial building which was built after World War II. The original doors, elevator and fence exude a unique charm of that time.

Woodley’s studio is very large, around 300 square meters. It can be described as “luxury” to own a studio of such size in zone 1 area of London. The studio displays a variety of wood working equipment and tools, which completely blow us away. What a dreamland for all boys. We were holding our breath while checking around. Woodley is quite an interesting person, always being very kind with a stern look. He did not talk much, but answered all the questions straight to the point. Mentioning about Hackney, Woodley said the area had great changes since his settlement 30 years ago, but always been an inspiring place. He told us the history of Hackney as the centre of woodwork and furniture in London, as well as its current development. When talking about the safety in Hackney, Woodley showed that he never met any safety problem, the neighbourhood was always very friendly.

With regard to his own creativity, Woodley finds himself with many different roles. For instance, on the one hand, he is a lecturer at Slade School of Fine Art to cope with students for guiding their learning and creation. On the other hand, he also works with a lot of engineers and architects to solve various architectural and construction issues. The more important aspect is his own creativity. His works are generally in very large scales, such as an entire building. There are also quite some his more concerned works. Some indoor works exhibited in galleries are also very interesting. Gary is very obsessed with mathematics, and applies mathematics to his creation. Through the form of mathematics, basic structures and forms can be found in his works.

加裡·伍德裡是土生土長的倫敦人,70年代畢業於倫敦切爾西藝術學院,80年代末開始任教于斯萊德藝術學校(Slade School of Fine Art),他的作品在全世界範圍內都被廣泛的展出過,其中不乏像泰特英國館這樣重量級的美術館和優秀畫廊。

我們來採訪之前已經知道江湖盛傳伍德裡有一個“不可思議”的工作室,直到我們拜訪他的時候才真正感覺到這裡並非浪得虛名。伍德裡的工作室是在一座二戰後興建的粗獷的工業風格的建築當中,原建築特有的大門、電梯、柵欄散發著那個年代殘留的特有的韻味。

伍德裡的工作室很大,大約有300平米,在倫敦北一區邊上擁有這樣尺寸的工作室簡直可以用“奢華”來形容,工作室里擺放了各種的木工設備和工具,看得我們一行人目瞪口呆,這簡直就是每個男孩子的夢想之地!我們一邊感嘆一邊東看看西摸摸,伍德裡挺有意思,一直都是很和藹,一幅不苟言笑的樣子,他雖然話不多,但是有問必答但絕不廢話。談及關於哈克尼地區的時候,他說:“我在這個工作室已經24年了,這裡變化非常大,但從創作和工作的角度來說,這裡一直都是一個很能激發工作鬥志的地方。”他給我們講述了這裡作為倫敦木工和傢具中心的歷史,以及現在的發展情況,當我們談到哈克尼地區的治安狀況的時候,伍德裡說:“這二十多年來我都沒發現這裡有什麼不安全,周圍的人都很友善,也從來沒出現過什麼治安問題。”

關於自己的創作,加里覺得他有很多的角色,比如他需要在斯萊德擔任講師的職務,要和自己的學生打交道,要指導他們的學習和創作,另一方面他也和很多工程師建築師一起合作,解決很多建築或施工方面的問題,當然另外更重要的一點是他自己的創作,一般來說他的作品都很大,比如整個建築物,也有很多他更在意的作品,在一些畫廊展出的室內空間作品也是非常有趣的。他對數學非常的著迷,他將數學融入到他的創作中來,通過數學表達形成的簡單結構或者形式都能在他的作品中找到呈現。


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