24 July – 30 September 2021

Exhibition details

Cross Lane Projects, Kendal, is excited to announce it will reopen this Summer with an exhibition by Mark Woods.

After a challenging few months, the gallery is looking forward to welcoming back visitors and relaunching an ambitious programme of contemporary art in Kendal.

The gallery will reopen its doors with a solo exhibition by Mark Woods (b. 1961, Surrey) entitled ‘Absorption’.  Launching on Friday 23 July, the exhibition features objects, vignettes & photographs of elaborate artefacts housed in a purposely designed environment that aims to enhance viewers’ disorientation and surprise.

Visitors are invited to peer through small openings to view Wood’s evocative work. Blurring the boundaries between fine art, fetish objects, and items from a cabinet of curiosities, Woods’ art compels viewers to confront their inner feelings and desires.

“Balogh warns you to pause before you enter the gallery and gather your senses for the visual experience ahead of you. He says that the experience will be dark, submissive and it will tickle your brain in different ways. It could happen you will suddenly find yourself looking into a kaleidoscopic dream or mirrored fantasy room but keep going and do keep looking. It will be a journey of discovery” – ARTLYST

Woods was recently selected as a highlight of London Art Fair: Edit 2021 by CEO & Editor in Chief of Artlyst, Paul Carter Robinson FRSA.

Curated by Vanya Balogh, ‘Absorption’ takes inspiration from the renowned ‘International Surrealist Exhibition’ held at Galérie Beaux-Arts, Paris, in 1938.  The exhibition featured leading surrealist artists including André Breton, Salvador Dalí, Max Ernst, Man Ray, Leonora Carrington, and challenged existing conventions of exhibitions viewing.

This ground breaking exhibition placed paintings and objects as elements within a surrealist environment. Visitors were encouraged to follow a dreamlike path almost entirely in darkness.

Joanna Moorhead described the effect in her 2017 book ‘The Surreal Life of Leonora Carrington’: “From there the visitors passed into the gallery, where they were informed that the lights had failed and that they would have to look at the exhibits using torches. With these in hand they continued their tour long a corridor made to resemble a Parisian Street, along which were arranged a row of mannequins.”

About the artist

Mark Woods  (b. 1961, Surrey)is a British artist with a background in contemporary jewellery production and boat building. Woods is best known for his highly elaborate artefacts that blur the boundaries between fine art, fetish objects and items from a cabinet of curiosities. Through the use of mirrors, kaleidoscopes, and peepholes that manipulate perspective, Woods explores places of uncanny fantasy and takes viewers on journeys of discovery. Recent photography work, referencing fashion shoots and the seduction of consumerism, sees the artist physically transform himself and become part of his complex installations. Woods was recently selected as a highlight of London Art Fair: Edit 2021 by CEO & Editor in Chief of Artlyst, Paul Carter Robinson FRSA.

Recent solo exhibitions include: No Mirror, Lakes Alive, Cross Lane Projects, Kendal (2019); A Return to Old Certainties, Lobomirov/Angus Hughes Gallery, London (2017); Saturnia, Bruxelles, Belgium (2012); To Have and to Hold, The Wapping Project, London (2010). Recent group exhibitions include: Cross Lane Projects at London Art Fair: Edit 2021; Made With… Cross Lane Projects, Kendal (2020); Miniscule2, Cross Lane Projects, Kendal (2019); Flugblätter, Cross Lane Projects, Kendal (2019); Amsterdam, my blue heaven, my red hell, curated by Vanya Balogh & Mario Varas Sanchez, London (2019); EMPIRE II, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca, Mexico (2019); Violence silence, Cello Factory, London (2018); EMPIRE II, Tallinn Art week, Haus Gallery, Estonia (2018); Protocol, Q-Park, Cavendish Sq. London (2018); EMPIRE II; Paris FIAC (2018); Flugblätter, Dordrecht, Holland (2018).


Left to right: Venus, detail, 2020, digital photograph: Goathead, 2020, mannequin head, ftx. leather, rubber, showerrail findings: Disney Princess, 2020, digital photograph: Natural Blonde, 2019, digital photograph: Centrefold, 2021, plastic baby, fakesnake fabric, wax, leather, resin, metal findings: GraysonMacdonalds disastrous shopping trip, 2021, photograph. All works copyright the artist.