Rugged and rough, or shining and shapely – a showcase of ancient materials, skillfully modelled and moulded.
Sarah Myerscough Gallery, London
27th February – 9th April 2020
THIS WEEK SARAH Myerscough Gallery opens its third showcase in the picturesque Old Boathouse in Barnes, London. The title, Tectonics, suggests both the natural materials the artists use and the seismic shifts in attitudes towards materials evident in their work.
Rock, stone, salt and clay are ancient materials, mined from the earth’s crust. The artists gathered for this show – Fernando Casasempere, Adam Buick, Luke Fuller, Roxane Lahidji, Aneta Regel and Collin Townsend Velkoff – bring to these materials methods of working and creative ideas which owe as much to landscape, industry, chemistry, geology and ecology as to traditional craft practices.
Carefully sourced clays are mixed with stone, or industrial waste, before being turned into Moon Jars or sculptures – or else compacted and pressed into moulds to create rugged cylindrical forms. Porcelain is combined with stoneware and volcanic rock; cement is joined with stone.
In the work of Roxane Lahidji, the disregarded material, salt, is polished up to shimmer like marble. Out of these alchemies, beautiful and challenging pieces arise. This thought-provoking show is well worth the trek west.
Prices range from £2,800 -£15,400.
Sarah Myerscough Gallery – curates seminal exhibitions reflective of the contemporary dialogues in craft and design.