21 December 2012

SEASONAL GREETINGS FROM MARSDEN WOO GALLERY

Best wishes for the festive season and a happy new year from all of us at Marsden Woo. This year our greeting comes in the form of an animation by Alida Sayer.

Animation by Alida Sayer (December 2012)














Please note that the gallery will be closed from 23 December 2012 to 9 January 2013. We will re-open on 10 January with our next exhibition Mixed Display, which will take place throughout both floors and will include exciting new work from each of our gallery artists, plus some specially invited guests.

To view a press release for Mixed Display, please follow this link.



12 December 2012

KERRY JAMESON SHORTLISTED FOR THE ROYAL BRITISH SOCIETY OF SCULPTORS 2013 FIRST@108 PUBLIC ART AWARD

The Royal British Society of Sculptors have announced the five finalists of the 2013 FIRST@108 Public Art Award and we are so pleased that Marsden Woo Gallery artist Kerry Jameson is one of them. Congratulations Kerry!

The other shortlisted artists who are interpreting the theme of ‘Transmission’ include Karen Henderson, James Irwin, Adam Kalinowski and Sam Shendi. Further information on the selected artists and the award can be found here.

The exhibition at the Royal British Society of Sculptors runs from 31 January – 29 April 2013. 

Take a look at some images of Kerry Jameson’s phenomenal work from her previous exhibitions at Marsden Woo: 

Kerry Jameson, Baby Doll (Childhood Series), 2010
Kerry Jameson, Turtle Rider, 2011
photo © Philip Sayer, Marsden Woo Gallery

Kerry Jameson, 'Head' and 'The Torso', 2011
photo © Philip Sayer, Marsden Woo Gallery

Kerry Jameson, 'Quiet Places Dog I', 2011
photo © Philip Sayer, Marsden Woo Gallery

29 November 2012

MARSDEN WOO GALLERY ASSOCIATED ARTIST OWEN BULLETT WINNER OF 2012 ING PRIZE

We are delighted to hear that Owen Bullett is the winner of this year's ING Discerning Eye Purchase Prize for his piece 'Divided Self IV'.

The annual ING Discerning Eye exhibition is selected by two artists, two collectors and two critics. This year's selectors were artists Albert Irvin RA and Chantel Joffe; collectors Doris Lockhart Saatchi and Gerald Walker; and critics Charles Darwent (The Independent) annd Skye Sherwin (The Guardian). The Discerning Eye is an educational charity that aims to encourage an understanding and appreciation of the visual arts.

The exhibition has finished, however, details can be found online here and Bullett's exceptional solo show 'Force Field' runs at Marsden Woo Gallery until 22 December. 


Owen Bullett, 'Divided Selves' (2012) photo © Owen Bullett

23 November 2012

MARSDEN WOO GALLERY ARTISTS FEATURED IN THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF ART 'THE PERFECT PLACE TO GROW' EXHIBITION

Marsden Woo Gallery artists Alison Britton, Martin Smith and Emma Woffenden, along with associated artist Tord Boontje are all featured in the Royal College of Art's major new exhibition 'The Perfect Place To Grow'.

The show is part of the yearlong celebrations marking the founding of the Royal College and commemorates 175 years of cultivating talent. It features student work alongside professional work from the RCA's staggering array of alumni including David Hockney, the Chapman Brothers and Barbara Hepworth; and of course our Marsden Woo Gallery artists! The exhibition runs until 3 January 2013.

For further information please see the RCA website here.
Emma Woffenden and Tord Boontje, 1997 - Artecnica 2005


17 November 2012

NEW EXHIBITION PROGRAMME NOW ONLINE!


Look forward to the year ahead by downloading a copy of our new exhibition programme here.

There are some wonderful shows coming up over the next year; including exhibitions by leading British ceramic artists Gordon Baldwin and Martin Smith in our main gallery space and our annual January Mixed Display which promises to be the most diverse and dynamic yet. 

The Project Space, curated by Tessa Peters, will continue to show innovative, up and coming exhibitions- starting with imaginative works by John Rainey using traditional and digital processes.

Our current shows, Owen Bullett's 'Force Field' and Rupert Ackroyd's 'Inn, Inn, Inn' continue through to 22 December- be sure to visit before they close!


15 November 2012

NAO MATSUNAGA, 'MY PRIMAL MEMORY', NOW OPEN AT DAIWA FOUNDATION

In this solo show at Daiwa Foundation (London), titled 'My Primal Memory', Nao Matsunaga responds to his ideas and experiences of dual cultural and national identity, reflecting on his formative years growing up in Japan, and the latter part of his childhood in England. Although this is a deeply personal investigation, his work references ancient universal themes concerning the human condition.

The show continues until 13 December 2012.
For more information please visit the Daiwa website: http://www.dajf.org.uk/exhibition/my-primal-memory-by-nao-matsunaga

Nao Matsunaga, 'My Primal Memory', installation view, at Daiwa Foundation
Photo © Philip Sayer (2012)

Nao Matsunaga, 'My Primal Memory', installation view, at Daiwa Foundation
Photo © Philip Sayer (2012)

Nao Matsunaga, 'My Primal Memory', installation view, at Daiwa Foundation
Photo © Philip Sayer (2012)

Nao Matsunaga, 'My Primal Memory', installation view, at Daiwa Foundation
Photo © Philip Sayer (2012)

Nao Matsunaga, 'My Primal Memory', installation view, at Daiwa Foundation
Photo © Philip Sayer (2012)

Nao Matsunaga, 'My Primal Memory', installation view, at Daiwa Foundation
Photo © Philip Sayer (2012)

10 November 2012

JACQUELINE PONCELET: NEW PERMANENT ARTWORK AT EDGWARE ROAD UNDERGROUND STATION

If you live in London and have taken the Circle line this week you may have seen ‘Wrapper’, a permanent work of art by Marsden Woo Gallery associated artist Jacqueline Poncelet. This work has been made especially to clad the new building and perimeter wall next to Edgware Road Tube station.

Poncelet’s passion for pattern and colour can be seen in the grid of vitreous enamel designed by her to cover the building. Each vivid and richly coloured pattern connects and responds to a different part of the local area and tells the story of its history and environment. It is the largest work created by Poncelet to date and is also the largest vitreous enamel artwork in Europe.

For more information on this vibrant work, please visit the TfL’s Art on the Underground website here and be sure to keep an eye out next time you pass through Edgware Road!

Jacqueline Poncelet, Wrapper, (2012) view of north wall
photo © Thierry Bal
Jacqueline Poncelet, Wrapper, (2012) photo © Thierry Bal
Jacqueline Poncelet, Wrapper, (2012) view of south wall
photo © Thierry Bal

9 November 2012

ALISON BRITTON'S 'LIFE AND STILL LIFE' AT UNIVERSITY FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS, SURREY

Alison Britton’s ‘Life and Still Life’ exhibition at the University for the Creative Arts in Surrey opened last month and has been a fantastic success.

This wonderfully eclectic show features a selection of objects from her own ‘study collection’ of other peoples work shown alongside older work and new pots. The exhibition runs until 15 December, to find out more please click here.

Here are some superb installation images by Philip Sayer:

Alison Britton, Life and Still Life installation view (2012)
photo © Philip Sayer, Marsden Woo Gallery


Alison Britton, Life and Still Life installation view (2012)
photo © Philip Sayer, Marsden Woo Gallery
Alison Britton, Life and Still Life installation view (2012)
photo © Philip Sayer, Marsden Woo Gallery
Alison Britton, Life and Still Life installation view (2012)
photo © Philip Sayer, Marsden Woo Gallery
Alison Britton, Life and Still Life installation view (2012)
photo © Philip Sayer, Marsden Woo Gallery

7 November 2012

NOW SHOWING UNTIL 22 DECEMBER: OWEN BULLETT'S 'FORCE FIELD' AND RUPERT ACKROYD'S 'INN, INN, INN'

Owen Bullett's ambitious and dynamic sculpture shows in our main gallery, while our Project Space hosts Rupert Ackroyd's installation which investigates the English Public House.

Be sure to visit before 22 December to see these two compelling shows, here are some wonderful installation images by Philip Sayer to whet your appetite-

Owen Bullett, Installation view (2012) © Philip Sayer, Marsden Woo Gallery
Owen Bullett, Installation view (2012) © Philip Sayer, Marsden Woo Gallery
Owen Bullett, Divided Self II (2012) © Philip Sayer, Marsden Woo Gallery
Rupert Ackroyd, Installation view (2012) © Philip Sayer, Marsden Woo Gallery
Rupert Ackroyd, Installation view (2012) © Philip Sayer, Marsden Woo Gallery
Rupert Ackroyd, Installation view (2012) © Philip Sayer, Marsden Woo Gallery

1 November 2012

NOW OPEN: OWEN BULLETT 'FORCE FIELD' AND RUPERT ACKROYD 'INN, INN, INN'

We are delighted to announce the opening of our very special sculpture double bills. In two simultaneous solo exhibitions, sculptors Owen Bullett and Rupert Ackroyd are showing major bodies of brand new work with us. 

In the main gallery Owen Bullett's 'Force Field' comprises a series of highly elegant large-scale abstract works. These pieces, responses to events both mundane and momentous, give a sense of the impact of invisible forces on sculptural form and space. Ancient stone and modern steel, the rough and the refined, heaviness and weightlessness all feature in Bullett's material lexicon; he selects his materials and methods of construction with care and in recognition of their complex historical, cultural and physical associations. In 2010 Bullett debuted the momentous oak and steel work 'Portal' in our Project Space. We are delighted to welcome him back for his second show at Marsden Woo.

Meanwhile, our downstairs Project Space hosts Rupert Ackroyd's 'Inn, Inn, Inn' - a sculptural installation based on the material surfaces commonly found in the English Public House. Ackroyd explains that 'As the backdrop to the activities of the public house, these surfaces have evolved into the physical embodiment of the idea that is the pub.... specifically this exhibition focuses on how such traditions in pub decor have been reinterpreted and redeployed over time.' At the centre of the show is an oak beam partition. In combination with materials derived from wall treatments, this equates to the layered surfaces that are built up within pub interiors over time, and which form a composite collection of histories. 

Both shows run until 22 December.

Owen Bullett 'Divided Self II' (2012), photo © Philip Sayer, Marsden Woo Gallery
Photo © Rupert Ackroyd, 2012

20 October 2012

COLLABORATION BETWEEN TWO PROJECT SPACE ARTISTS

The Marsden Woo Project Space has given rise to a recent exciting collaboration between two previous exhibitors: Patrick Mifsud ('On Different Levels', Feb - Mar 2011) and Alida Sayer ('There is no why', Jun - Jul 2010)...

'Moments Hovered' (2012) from Alida Rosie Sayer on Vimeo.

'Moments Hovered' (2012) image © Alida Sayer/Patrick Mifsud



















A mutual intrigue in each other's creative practice led to 'Moments Hovered', a four day residency at Bermondsey Project Space during which Mifsud and Sayer employed a variety of basic materials including pallet wrapping film, tape and string, along with a couple of small digital projectors and an OHP, in order to investigate ways of spontaneously integrating site responsive immersive installation with text based animations.

In the resulting work, an excerpt from John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men slowly drifts from two facing projectors across a dynamic central installation of film and string. The resulting visual impression, almost holographic in appearance, is a multi-dimensional deconstruction of the animations into many planes of interweaving translucent typographic forms. Other unusual effects also arise as the projections are refracted through the clear plastic, which fills the space with gently pulsating hues of purple and green.


'Moments Hovered' (2012) image © Alida Sayer/Patrick Mifsud




















‘As happens sometimes, a moment settled and hovered and remained for much more than moment. And sound stopped and movement stopped for much, much more than a moment. Then gradually time awakened again and moved sluggishly on.’
John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men (1937)

'Moments Hovered' at Bermondsey Project Space, London, 30 August - 2 September 2012

www.patrickmifsud.com / www.alidarosie.co.uk

A video of the project can be seen by following this link: http://vimeo.com/49906113

The project was also featured on the Frame magazine news blog! http://www.frameweb.com/news/movements-hovered-by-alida-rosie-sayer-and-patrick-mifsud


'Moments Hovered' (2012) image © Alida Sayer/Patrick Mifsud



9 October 2012

ALISON BRITTON: NEW EXHIBITION AT UNIVERSITY FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS

It has certainly been a busy couple of months for our Marsden Woo Gallery artists! 

After curating the 2009 exhibition 'Three By One' at the Crafts Study Centre, Alison Britton is returning to the University for the Creative Arts in Surrey for her 'Life and Still Life' exhibition. It runs from 16 October to 15 December 2012.

In this exhibition Britton will show a selection of objects from her own 'study collection' of other people's work - paintings, photographs, drawings, pots, tableware - as a framework for a group of her new pots, mainly in red clay, which she started to use after a residency at the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park in Japan in 2010. These will be shown alongside some of her older work.

“Everyone has things, but artists do something else perhaps with the objects they own, in using them to think with”- Alison Britton

Please click here for further details about this eclectic and diverse show from one of the most important figures in British ceramics. 

Alison Britton 'Cave' © Philip Sayer courtesy of Marsden Woo Gallery



6 October 2012

SARA RADSTONE AT BATTLE OF IDEAS 2012

Sara Radstone, one of our Marsden Woo Gallery artists, will be taking part in this years Battle of Ideas at the Barbican.

She will be debating the topic 'No More Heroes? Art, Genius and Tradition' at Foyles Bookshop on Charing Cross Road on October 16th as part of a Battle Satellite event and taking on the title 'Who is the Greatest Artist?' with a selection of other Balloonists on Saturday October 20th at the Barbican's Fountain Room.

These events both promise to be an exciting exchange of ideas. For further information please see the link below:

http://www.battleofideas.org.uk/index.php/2012/speaker_detail/5854

Sara Radstone © Philip Sayer, Marsden Woo Gallery London

3 October 2012

CAROL McNICOLL AND SAM SCOTT EXHIBITING IN THE LOBBY OF ONE CANADA SQUARE CANARY WHARF

Marsden Woo Gallery artist Carol McNicoll and associated artist Sam Scott are exhibiting a collaborative show in the Lobby of One Canada Square called 'Pieces Together', now on until 16 November. It promises to be an exciting and unusual show, as McNicoll's ceramics will be displayed not alongside Scott's furniture, but directly on his beautifully produced tables and desks.

Curator Ann Elliott will be giving a tour of the exhibition and talk with the artists on Tuesday 23 October. Tickets are free but contact Canary Wharf Public Art Office at visualart@canarywharf.com to reserve a place.

Please click here for a link to this exhibition. 

Carol McNicoll 'Freedom and Democracy' on Sam Scott's Side Board
© Philip Sayer courtesy of Marsden Woo Gallery



29 September 2012

SILO STUDIO INTERVIEWED IN DX-LONDON

Attua Aparicio and Oscar Wanless of Silo Studio have been featured in a fantastic interview on new design website DX-London.

In the article the innovative design duo explain their unusual design processes and the ideas behind their work.

http://dx-london.com/hand-made-high-tech-silo-studio/article/ 

Be sure to visit their current exhibition now showing at Marsden Woo and see their inspired and extraordinary objects for yourself!

Silo Studio 'Doric Light' (2012) photo © Philip Sayer
 

OPENING NEXT MONTH: NAO MATSUNAGA AT DAIWA FOUNDATION JAPAN HOUSE

Marsden Woo Gallery artist Nao Matsunaga's solo show 'My Primal Memory' will open at Daiwa Foundation Japan House on October 19th and runs until December 13th. 

In this exhibition he responds to his ideas and experiences of dual cultural and national identity, reflecting on his formative years growing up in Japan, and the latter part of his childhood in England:

'...as people, we haven't really changed at all over thousands of years, the way we interact, think and feel is still the same, even though the tools we use have changed.'

Please click the following link to find out more about this show: 
http://www.dajf.org.uk/exhibition/my-primal-memory-by-nao-matsunaga

Photo © Nao Matsunaga 

































Matsunaga's Marsden Woo Gallery show 'Stones and Bones' is currently showing in our main gallery space until October 27th.

22 September 2012

NAO MATSUNAGA AND SILO STUDIO NOW SHOWING AT MARSDEN WOO GALLERY


We have returned from our August break with a flourish and are currently showing work from exciting ceramic artist Nao Matsunaga in our main gallery space and exhibiting vibrant design duo Silo Studio in our Project Gallery.

Matsunaga works with dualities and contradictions that include his use of clay with wood, while Silo Studio create radical, functional and decorative domestic objects.

Both exhibitions will run until 27th October, be sure not to miss these captivating shows! Here are some wonderful installation photographs by Philip Sayer:

Nao Matsunaga, installation view (2012), photo © Philip Sayer


Nao Matsunaga, installation view (2012), photo © Philip Sayer

Nao Matsunaga, installation view with Bender or Misunderstood to foreground (2012)
photo © Philip Sayer
Silo Studio, Doric Light (2012), photo © Philip Sayer
Silo Studio, installation view (2012), photo © Philip Sayer

Silo Studio, installation view with Geode Lidded Vessel and Bangles (2012)
photo © Philip Sayer

5 September 2012

JAMES EVANS 'AMBUGATION' REVIEW IN CERAMIC REVIEW

We were delighted to see such a fantastic review for James Evans' recent Marsden Woo Project Space show 'Ambugation' in the latest issue of Ceramic Review.

"It is a mark of a confident artist to be able to assimilate influences with authority and speak with an individual voice, and Evans' quietly evolving work certainly does this with confidence and maturity."                                                                                                       - Ceramic Review, Issue 257

The review is on page 26 and is by Robert Kesseler- visual artist and Professor of Ceramic Art and Design at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London. 

James Evans 'Cleft' (2012) photo @ Philip Sayer

4 September 2012

UPCOMING SHOWS!

We are now back after our Summer break! 

Our next exhibitions will be the mixed media and ceramic sculpture of Nao Matsunaga's Stones and Bones in the upstairs gallery and the project space downstairs will feature the playful furniture of exciting design duo Silo Studio. 

Both shows open on September 13th, we look forward to seeing you!

Nao Matsunaga, works in progress, photo © Philip Sayer



Silo Studio, chain, image © Silo Studio





7 July 2012

TOM FOULSHAM AT DESIGN MIAMI/BASEL

Another Marsden Woo associated artist, Tom Foulsham (he had a solo show in our Project Space in early 2011), has been exhibiting a specially commissioned new body of interactive work titled 'Go Round' at  Design Miami/Basel. Foulsham was one of the three recipients of the W Hotels Designers of the Future Award 2012, each of whom were asked to respond to the brief 'From Spark to Finish'. Follow this link to see Wallpaper Magazine's short video in which Foulsham explains more about the work... http://www.wallpaper.com/video/design/w-hotels-designer-of-the-future-award-2012/1696462619001

Foulsham pictured with part of his installation at Design Miami/Basel
Photo © Design Miami/Basel

6 July 2012

OPENING NEXT WEEK: OWEN BULLETT AT CHELSEA PHYSIC GARDEN

Marsden Woo associated artist Owen Bullett will be exhibiting a new piece of work in the group show 'Pertaining to Things Natural...', curated by David Worthington, at Chelsea Physic Garden from 10 July to 31 October - a good warm up for our sculptural double bill later this year! For our final show in 2012, Bullett will take over the main gallery with his second solo show at Marsden Woo, whilst fellow sculptor and occasional collaborator Rupert Ackroyd tackles the Project Space.


Chelsea Physic Garden: http://www.chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk/index.html

At Marsden Woo: Owen Bullett (main gallery) and Rupert Ackroyd (project space), 1 November 2012 - 5 January 2013. Please follow this link to download our freshly updated 2012 - 2013 exhibition programme: http://www.marsdenwoo.com/docs/exhibition_programme_july_2012.pdf