Akiko Hirai, Moon Jar, 2019. Photo: Dave Watts

A Presentation by Make at Hauser & Wirth London

  • Tue 25 – Sat 29 February 2020
  • 10 am – 6 pm

In a special presentation, a collective of emerging and established makers showcase the best of contemporary craft. The bespoke works reflect the aesthetic value of the handmade object, whilst highlighting material investigation and interpretation, spanning disciplines from wood, to ceramic and glass. Featured makers include, Adam Buick, Alexander de Vol, Florian Gadsby, David Gates, Akiko Hirai, Harry Morgan, Rosa Nguyen, Mark Reddy, Katie Spragg, Nic Webb, Derek Wilson. For Ceramicist, Adam Buick, the Moon Jar form serves as a canvas to map his observations and ongoing study of his surroundings. At the core of Buick’s practice has always been a desire to connect with a landscape. He incorporates stone and locally dug clay into his work to create a personal narrative, one that conveys a unique sense of place. Mark Reddy takes the modest, humble form of the spoon and imbues it with symbolic expression. With its lip, bowl shoulders, neck and stem, its corporeal form is endlessly demanding. Utilising the innate character inherent with green wood he expresses a complex narrative which is borne out of a close relationship with material, process and land. Akiko Hirai’s relationship with material, is revealed through an exploration of contrast; the juxtaposition of coarse clay and translucent glaze. Her skilful manipulation of both is exposed to the alchemy of the kiln, ensuring that every piece is unique and celebrates imperfection and chance. Questioning form and function, David Gates combines studio-furniture making with formal research, creating three-dimensional pieces inspired by cabinet furniture. In recent work Gates has focussed on the collecting cabinet which structurally and visually reflect a fascination with the vernacular asymmetric forms of industrial and agricultural architecture while working with a rich repertoire of traditional techniques. This presentation will take place at Hauser & Wirth London, South Gallery, between Tuesday 25 – Saturday 29 February 2020. Make has a permanent gallery space in Bruton, Somerset, open from Wednesday to Saturday. The current exhibition, ‘dis/rupt’ features work by ceramicist Derek Wilson and glass artist, Jochen Holz, running until 21 March 2020. Open Tuesday – Saturday 10 am – 6 pm Closed Sundays and Mondays

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