'WELCOME TO THE MATERIAL MIND' EXHIBITION
25 April- 1 May 2014 | Great Western Studios, 65 Alfred Road, London W2 5EU | map
An exhibition showcasing exceptional sculptural works hewn, shaped and crafted from wood, metal and glass where a synergy of form and function radiates from within. Work from some of Britain's finest artist designer makers, and starring the amazing sculptural forms and furniture of Makers' Eye's Alun Heslop
'Where an idea becomes a flowing line, a form, a texture. Where the eye is drawn and the hand is seduced'.
Welcome to the Material Mind
Functional works of art for the way we live tomorrow.
While the interplay between stylistic expression and functional utility is often found at the core of good furniture design, ‘Welcome To The Material Mind’ shows the work of a small group of artists, featuring Alun Heslop whose out-put has a strong sculptural presence, and yet each maker’s concern is that their work also has a direct ‘usefulness’ close to the surface.
For these artists and makers it is the intriguing overlaps in their approaches to how they work that has brought them together to show and to reflect upon what they do. It is in the approach rather than the mere appearance of their work that they have found common ground. Rooted in the appreciation of ‘truth to materials’ in the form that the manifest object takes shape.
For all, it is this material presence and process, the inspiration and fore-thought in thinking and process in making that brings these artists together.
The work is handmade. Crafted, formed and shaped directly with a deep concern for ‘workmanship’ and attention to detail. Length of time each piece takes to make is not a special claim in itself, what is more important is the direct connection to the material and the understanding that one builds when working through a project in this way.
By having such an intensely close relationship with the material allows the opportunity for spontaneity and improvisatory moments throughout the designing and making process. The materials used are not necessarily chosen for their immediate aesthetic quality, but rather for their structural qualities for the task at hand.
Texture, structure, form, pattern, architecture, biology, light and shade, and of course, the human interaction functionality, are of course all parts of the process. Social change, cultural heritage, natural beauty and crises, the drama of light and shadow, outline and silhouette, joy, fear and vanity. - It is an inescapable fact that the world we sense around us serves as a source of inspiration and reflection, however, it is the way we feel about these things and how we are able to interpret and translate this information that shapes the essence of an idea.
The works presented here are then of course naturally unique in appearance as are the concepts behind them. The general interests, passions, outlooks, and settings of these artists are all different, however within the binding idea of process in material thinking we find the common thread of connection within the way of working.
Welcome then to the Material Mind, neither purely sculptural form or simply ‘brown’ furniture this show represents the journey of discovery and investigation towards new ways of seeing and how functional form can exist.
Featuring new and exciting works by artist designer makers who push at the boundaries of accepted wisdom.