Laurel Woodcock

The paradoxical phrase - sentimental conceptualism - perfectly encapsulates Laurel Woodcock's art making, a practice informed by conceptualism while infused with humorous and emotive qualities which work to undermine the movements disassociated aesthetic. Her installations use time-based media such as video, audio and CD ROMS's , sculptural components, dramatic lighting and in some instances proffer mass produced 'gifts' to the gallery visitor. Referencing cinema and mass-culture, her installations resonate with wry humor and gentle pathos while also staging quietly theoretical models about looking and feeling.

Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Canada, the United States and Europe.
She currently lives in Toronto and is Assistant Professor in Video, New Media and Performance at University of Guelph.



2006, 02:17 minutes, colour

location shoot

2004, 02:25 minutes, Colour, English

my heart the realtor

2003, 02:21 minutes, Colour, English


2003, 04:25 minutes, colour, English

"conversation pieces"

2002, 03:20 minutes, colour, English


1999, 05:33 minutes, colour, English

Critical Writing

Laurel Woodcock: Take Me, I'm Yours: Sweet Surrender + Meaning Machine
by Jan Allen. Agnes Etherington Art Centre, 2001. Guelph: Agnes Etherington Art Centre, 2001.
by Paul Kelley. Agnes Etherington Art Centre, 2001. Guelph: Agnes Etherington Art Centre, 2001.
Who's Afraid of Film & Video in Scotland?: The Exhibition of...
by Ann Vance. Variant, Summer 1999, v. 2, no. 8.
by Bernard Lamarche. Le Devoir, Apr. 25, 1999.
Embodying the Subject:: Laurel Woodcock's Photographic Installations
by Cheryl Simon. Blackflash, Winter 1995, v. 13, no. 4.
Recent Installations by Laurel Woodcock: Oscillating Horizons
by Anna Carlevaris. Contemporary Art Quarterly, Spring 1995, no. 45.