22 December 2013

SEASONAL GREETINGS FROM EVERYONE AT MARSDEN WOO GALLERY (AND LILLY THE GALLERY DOG) !

Wishing the very best of seasonal greetings to all of our visitors and blog readers! Marsden Woo Gallery will be closed from 23 December to 9 January inclusive.

We will be reopening on 10 January with our annual Mixed Display exhibition which will run until 15 February 2014. The show will comprise the entire gallery including our downstairs Project Space and rear basement area, and will feature the largest selection of artists from our gallery stable and specially invited guests. It promises to be the most diverse and captivating mixed show yet and is absolutely not to be missed.


























22 November 2013

MARSDEN WOO GALLERY ASSOCIATED ARTIST NICHOLAS LEES FEATURED IN THE LATEST ISSUE OF CERAMIC REVIEW


The current issue of Ceramic Review (Issue 264) features a fantastic six-page spread on Marsden Woo Gallery associated artist Nicholas Lees, with him in conversation with Jo Dahn about his optical objects. 

Lees has just returned from showing a new group of works as part of the AWARD exhibition at the British Ceramics Biennial in Stoke-on-Trent. The objects in his current series of work demonstrate optical uncertainty. They stem from an interest in the penumba, the boundary between light and shade and are, amongst other things, an attempt to realise potential ambiguity in its material equivalent, the boundary between matter and space.

To see more images of Lees' work please click the link to his artist page on our website: 


Image © Ceramic Review (2013)



















Object 13.14 (2013) © Nicholas Lees
Object (2012) © Nicholas Lees

Object 13.22 (2013) © Nicholas Lees

14 November 2013

MARSDEN WOO GALLERY ARTIST CAROL MCNICOLL FEATURED IN 'KLEI'

The current issue of KLEI, the Dutch ceramics magazine, celebrates artists and makers from Great Britain and features a fantastic article on Marsden Woo Gallery artist Carol McNicoll by writer Christina Lai. In the interview McNicoll speaks candidly about her influences and practice throughout her remarkable career, as well as the renewed interest in craft and creation over the last number of years.

http://www.klei.nl/


Images © KLEI November/December 2013













9 November 2013

SHOWS NOW ON: KERRY JAMESON AND BETSY DADD UNTIL 21 DECEMBER

Our new exhibitions - Kerry Jameson's 'Unbounded' in our main gallery and 'Terra Infirma' by Betsy Dadd in our Project Space- are now open.

Both shows continue until 21 December. As you can see from these wonderfully evocative installation images by Philip Sayer, they are absolutely not to be missed!


Kerry Jameson, installation view of 'Unbounded' (2013), focus on 'Pickett's Ridge'
photo © Philip Sayer, courtesy of Marsden Woo Gallery
Kerry Jameson, installation view of 'Unbounded' (2013), focus on 'Wicker Man'
photo © Philip Sayer, courtesy of Marsden Woo Gallery

Kerry Jameson, installation view of 'Unbounded' (2013), focus on 'Effigy 1' and 'Effigy 2'
photo © Philip Sayer, courtesy of Marsden Woo Gallery
Kerry Jameson, installation view of 'Unbounded' (2013), focus on 'Remade - Figures Combined'
photo © Philip Sayer, courtesy of Marsden Woo Gallery

Betsy Dadd, installation view of 'Terra Infirma' (2013) at Marsden Woo Gallery Project Space
photo © Philip Sayer, courtesy of Marsden Woo Gallery

Betsy Dadd, installation view of 'Terra Infirma' (2013) at Marsden Woo Gallery Project Space
photo © Philip Sayer, courtesy of Marsden Woo Gallery

Betsy Dadd, installation view of 'Terra Infirma' (2013) at Marsden Woo Gallery Project Space
photo © Philip Sayer, courtesy of Marsden Woo Gallery

Betsy Dadd, still from 'Quake', 'Terra Infirma' (2013) at Marsden Woo Gallery Project Space
photo © Philip Sayer, courtesy of Marsden Woo Gallery

2 November 2013

UPCOMING SHOWS AT MARSDEN WOO GALLERY: KERRY JAMESON 'UNBOUNDED' AND BETSY DADD 'TERRA INFIRMA'

We have two very exciting shows coming up next week. In the main gallery Kerry Jameson will be showing lively figurative sculpture in ceramic and mixed media with a compelling narrative charge that make reference to historical events and folkloric characters. The predominant aesthetic is that of the uncanny- where objects or ideas are recognised as familiar and at the same time experienced as deeply strange. Meanwhile, in the Project Space, Betsy Dadd's atmospheric installation and 'moving drawings' that explore the ethereal fragility of objects through an imaginative synthesis of animation and mixed media paper works.

Both shows run from 7 November - 21 December 2013.

To view individual press releases (PDF) please see the following links on our website-


Image © Kerry Jameson (2013)
Image © Betsy Dadd (2013)

24 October 2013

MARSDEN WOO GALLERY ARTIST NAO MATSUNAGA PRESENTED WITH BRITISH CERAMICS BIENNIAL AWARD

We are thrilled to announce that Marsden Woo Gallery artist Nao Matsunaga has been awarded the £10,000 British Ceramics Biennial AWARD in acknowledgment of his outstanding creativity in contemporary ceramics. Congratulations, Nao!


‘Nao Matsunaga is an artist with a strong body of work behind him that indicates further fascinating development as he challenges the properties of clay and its relationship with the world. The selectors recognised this delicate position in his professional career and the impetus the Award prize could make,’ stated BCB Co-Director Jeremy Theophilus.

To read more about the British Ceramics Biennial awards have a look at their webpage: http://www.britishceramicsbiennial.com/about/news/awards-winners-announced/
 
Please see images below of Matsunaga’s previous shows at Marsden Woo Gallery over the past couple of years. For further information about the artist, visit our website: http://www.marsdenwoo.com/matsunaga/nm5.htm

Matsunaga at the award ceremony in Stoke-on-Trent with the winner of the BCB’s 
FRESH bursary, Cardiff Metropolitan University graduate Sarah Worgan.


Nao Matsunaga, installation view of 'Introducing' (2011)





Nao Matsunaga, installation view of 'Introducing' (2011)

Nao Matsunaga, installation view of 'Stones and Bones' (2012)
Nao Matsunaga, installation view of 'Stones and Bones' (2012)

All images © Philip Sayer, courtesy of Marsden Woo Gallery.

19 October 2013

ANGELA WOODHOUSE AND MARSDEN WOO GALLERY ARTIST CAROLINE BROADHEAD BRING PERFORMANCE INSTALLATION 'BETWEEN' BACK TO LONDON


The dancer approaches and embeds herself within her audience her arm covered loosely with gold leaf seemingly diseasing the skin.      
The gold is displaced, passed on, pressed into the skin – a kind of burn.  Meanwhile, in the distance another performer absorbs the attention around her through subtle gestures and invitation …

Following an outstanding success with audiences around the country, Angela Woodhouse and Jerwood award winning Marsden Woo Gallery artist Caroline Broadhead bring this intriguing and beautiful performance installation Between back to London. The performances will be held at The Platform Theatre, Central Saint Martins on 6 & 7 November.

Sharing the space with the performers you are witness to visual gems set against intimate exchanges in this highly charged and atmospheric work. Made in collaboration with exceptional performers Stine Nilsen (Co – artistic director Candoco Dance Co), David McCormick (Richard Alston/DV8) and Italian dancer Martina Conti (Firenza Guidi) this promises to be a memorable event.  

Angela and Caroline’s combined interests explore detail and intimacy through the interplay of movement, materials and light. Significant works such as Court (2003-6) and the Place Prize Commission Threshold (2004) have been followed by profiled commissions including Sighted (Royal Opera House Deloitte Ignite 2009) and The Maven commission 2010 for Woking Dance Festival in collaboration with Tate Artist Rooms (Jenny Holzer). 
Between has been touring since 2011 and this will be the last chance to catch this extraordinary work.   

‘Tender and moving.  Felt totally transformed and engaged’. 
‘Quite, quite extraordinary!’
                                                      Viewer responses – Yorkshire Sculpture Park 2011.


Limited capacity – early booking recommended, please see venue link for further details: http://www.theplace.org.uk/angela-woodhouse-caroline-broadhead

Photos © Hugo Glendinning






11 October 2013

JAMES RIGLER SHOWING AT MODERN MAKERS, CHATSWORTH HOUSE


Curated by Sarah Griffin for Sotheby’s, Chatsworth House is currently home to Modern Makers - a selling exhibition featuring work by some of the UK’s most celebrated craftspeople.

Makers including Junko Mori, Ptolemy Mann, Joseph Walsh and Marsden Woo Gallery artist James Rigler, as well as associated artist Maisie Broadhead, will be showing work inspired by the historic house and its collections.

The exhibition runs until 23 December 2013.

For further information please see the Chatsworth House website here: http://www.chatsworth.org/whats-on/events/modern-makers




3 October 2013

LATEST DISCUSSION INSTALMENT: GLENN ADAMSON SPEAKS WITH DAWN YOULL AND JAMES THOMPSON

The latest instalment of our artist discussion series on Tuesday evening was sadly the last with our host Glenn Adamson, who is leaving London to take up his position as the newly-appointed Director of the Museum of Art and Design in New York. We are sorry to see Glenn go as he has provided us with tremendous insights into our gallery shows over the years and wish him the very best in his exciting new role.

It was certainly a discussion to remember. Our main gallery exhibitor Dawn Youll spoke about her new body of work and the influences and techniques involved, with some fantastic communication from the audience. Her show ‘Locale’ is a response to her new environment of Knightswood in Glasgow but also to the rituals, rhythms and functions that happen in any urban environment. She explained that she looks at an object as a pattern of a lifestyle, how routines are established and plays with those perceptions. And as Adamson remarked, in doing so, she creates an imaginary landscape on the gallery plinth. An audience member questioned whether there was a commentary within her work about British suburbia, to which Youll agreed there was – an underlying climate of UK/worldwide suburbia as well as the tiny issues that take place behind closed doors.

After Adamson commented on the influence of Richard Slee in her work, Slee- who was in attendance- piped up from the audience to say, “she influenced me”, and admired Youll’s remarkable way with texture and colour.

Youll went on to speak about the scale of her work and her love of the ceramic slip-cast tradition. Richard Slee once more spoke from the audience regarding the ‘British sensibility of making something for an interior’ as Youll mentioned that the ornamental scale of her work is very important and that the ‘table-top’ size of her pieces is fully intentional. Youll finished by speaking about how much she enjoys the control she has in the slip-casting process and through the practice of glazing, can then control the display of each piece.

























The discussion then moved down to James Thompson’s show ‘Expanding Spaces’ in the Project Space.

Thompson began by introducing himself and his work; speaking about the nine months he spent recording the features of a cell in a former psychiatric asylum (High Royds) in West Yorkshire. Thompson felt drawn to this area as he grew up close by and remarked that it had previously been ‘out-of-bounds’. Upon discovering that the compound was going to be developed into luxury apartments he felt inspired to record the asylum environment before it was gone forever.

Adamson commented on the execution of the work as Thompson had, while working there, inhabited the space like the previous inhabitants of the cell did and in doing so, created a real narrative charge within the exhibition. He also went on to praise the use of both analogue and digital processes in Thompson’s work and remarked that the multiplicity of media within the show (kinetic sculpture, casting, digital-sculpture, film) generates different sensations within the gallery space. Thompson took this point further by remarking that in harvesting different elements from the environment of the cell the work is anchored in a real relationship with the space.




































Marsden Woo Gallery artist Carol McNicoll asked if any former inhabitants of High Royds had seen the work. Thompson replied that no one had but it would make for a very interesting conversation if they did!

Thompson went on to discuss his background in product design, and as well as wishing to create a record of the cell before it was redeveloped, much of the work he has created for this show has an element of functionality and can act as furniture. ‘The space can have another function than the one it holds currently’, he concluded.






















Once again, a huge thank you to Glenn Adamson, both artists and our fantastic audience for such an engaging and fascinating discussion!

For more information on our current shows and to view installation images, please see our previous blog post: http://marsdenwoo.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/shows-now-on-dawn-youll-and-james.html Both shows run until 2 November 2013.

To hear about future events like these at Marsden Woo Gallery, join our mailing list by sending a blank email to: newslist-suscribe@marsdenwoo.com.

1 October 2013

NAO MATSUNAGA AWARDED MUSEUM RESIDENCY AT THE V&A

Marsden Woo Gallery artist Nao Matsunaga has been awarded a six month ceramics residency at the Victoria and Albert Museum, starting 1 April 2014. He will follow another Marsden Woo Gallery artist, James Rigler, who is commencing his residency today.

Congratulations to both artists!

For more information regarding the residency programme please see the V&A website here: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/m/museum-residencies-and-open-studios/

Some installation images from Matsunaga's previous show with us in September/October 2012...


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




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

28 September 2013

BRITISH CERAMICS BIENNIAL 2013

The British Ceramics Biennial opens today in Stoke-on-Trent and will continue until 10 November. Marsden Woo Gallery artists Nao Matsunaga and James Rigler and associated artist Nicholas Lees have been selected for award at the festival and will exhibit alongside an array of talented contemporary ceramic artists and makers based in the UK.

To view more work by these artists please see the artist pages on our website-
Nao Matsunaga: http://www.marsdenwoo.com/matsunaga/nm5.htm
James Rigler: http://www.marsdenwoo.com/rigler/jr14.htm
Nicholas Lees: http://www.marsdenwoo.com/lees/nl1.htm


For more information about the Biennial click this link: http://www.britishceramicsbiennial.com/

James Rigler, 'To the West, and on to the West' (2013)
photo © Philip Sayer, courtesy of Marsden Woo Gallery 
Nao Matsunaga, Monster I (2012), photo © Philip Sayer, courtesy of Marsden Woo Gallery
                         Nicholas Lees, Object 13.13 (2013), photo © Nicholas Lees



19 September 2013

SHOWS NOW ON: DAWN YOULL AND JAMES THOMPSON UNTIL 2 NOVEMBER

Our new shows- Dawn Youll's 'Locale' in the main gallery and James Thompson's 'Expanding Spaces' in the Project Space- are now open. 

The exhibitions are also featured in the Icon Design Trail 2013- Icon's guide to the best of the London Design Festival. Be sure to pop in and visit if you're on the trail! 

Some superb installation images below taken by Philip Sayer...

Dawn Youll, installation view of 'Locale' with 'Regular Arrangement' to foreground, (2013)
photo © Philip Sayer, courtesy of Marsden Woo Gallery.


Dawn Youll, installation view of 'Locale', focus on 'Creature of Habit' (2013)
photo © Philip Sayer, courtesy of Marsden Woo Gallery.
Dawn Youll, installation view of 'Locale', focus on 'Local Diversion'' (2013)
photo © Philip Sayer, courtesy of Marsden Woo Gallery.
Dawn Youll, installation view of 'Locale' with 'Recreation'' to foreground, (2013)
photo © Philip Sayer, courtesy of Marsden Woo Gallery.

James Thompson, installation view of 'Expanding Spaces', (2013)
photo © Philip Sayer, courtesy of Marsden Woo Gallery.


James Thompson, installation view of 'Expanding Spaces' with focus on 'Reconstructed Space II'
(2013) photo © Philip Sayer, courtesy of Marsden Woo Gallery.

James Thompson, installation view of 'Expanding Spaces', with focus on 'Inflated Space' (2013)
photo © Philip Sayer, courtesy of Marsden Woo Gallery.




James Thompson, installation view of 'Expanding Spaces', with focus on
1 hour 53 minutes I' (2013) photo © Philip Sayer, courtesy of Marsden Woo Gallery.






7 September 2013

UPCOMING SHOWS AT MARSDEN WOO GALLERY: DAWN YOULL 'LOCALE' AND JAMES THOMPSON 'EXPANDING SPACES'

We have now returned from our summer break and are busy preparing our exciting upcoming exhibitions. In our main gallery Dawn Youll will show a new body of abstract ceramic works that explore the object as metaphor, evoking incisive insights into contemporary experience through a poetry of everyday life. Meanwhile, in our Project Space, James Thompson's mixed media interventions will explore the perception and interpretation of space, developed from his time spent recording the features of a small confinement cell in High Royds, a former psychiatric hospital in West Yorkshire.

To view individual press releases (PDF) visit the following links on our website -
Dawn Youll:
http://www.marsdenwoo.com/docs/press_youll_13.pdf
James Thompson: 
http://www.marsdenwoo.com/docs/press_thompson_13.pdf

To read more about James Thompson's fascinating project at High Royds former psychiatric asylum, please see our previous blog post: http://marsdenwoo.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/james-thompson-expanding-spaces-project_23.html


Both shows will open 14 September and will continue until 2 November.



Image: Dawn Youll, ‘Civil Unrest’ (2013) photo © Colin Tennant
James Thompson’s work on this project has been sponsored by Jesmonite® and supported using 
public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. 
His access to the former confinement cell at High Royds Hospital has been facilitated 
by members of the High Royds Sports and Social Club.

Photo: work in progress at High Royds former psychiatric hospital, West Yorkshire




26 July 2013

LAST FEW DAYS OF CURRENT SHOWS!


We are now in the last few days of our current shows before our Summer break. The gallery will be open tomorrow from 11am – 4pm, Tuesday 11am - 6pm and will have limited opening hours on our last day Wednesday 31 July from 11 am – 4pm. We will be closed for the month of August.

We have had an amazing response to both Philip Eglin and Neil Dixon's exhibitions from visitors and press, be sure to visit before Wednesday to avoid disappointment!





























All installation images © Philip Sayer, courtesy of Marsden Woo Gallery.