Objects of Contemplation

16 March – 12 May 2024

Wednesday – Sunday, 10 am – 4 pm

Make, Somerset


‘Objects of Contemplation’ celebrates over five years of collaborative exhibitions with artist-makers from across the UK and Europe, spanning disciplines from wood to ceramic, textile, metal, stone and mixed materials. Launching in Somerset in March 2024, an iteration of the show will travel to London in May 2024, demonstrating Make Hauser & Wirth’s long-term commitment to contemporary craft and, above all, to the exceptional individuals who have been at the core of the program since its inception. Curated in dialogue with each other, the 19 featured artist-makers present singular works that exemplify their current practice. Characterized by the unique relationship between material and maker, broader conceptual and aesthetic concerns are brought to the fore through formal research, the complex layering of narratives and contextual enquiry.

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About the Makers

Max Bainbridge
Working predominantly in wood, Somerset-based Max Bainbridge’s sculpture practice reflects his drive to preserve a tangible and grounded presence through the physicality of the sculpted material object. By seeking out trees that have fallen where they once grew, his sculptures retain a direct and intimate connection to land and place, recognizing the tree as a living being that can occupy both our inner psyche and the physical character of its former site. His search for the true essence of the tree is thereby ever present within the form of his large-scale vessels and free-standing sculptures. Selected solo exhibitions include ‘Idylls of the Field,’ Lemon Street Gallery, Cornwall, UK (2022); ‘Walking the Line,’ Oriel Myrddin, Carmarthen, UK (2019); and Ruthin Craft Centre, Ruthin, UK (2018). Selected group exhibitions include ‘Material Matters,’ Court Barn Museum, Gloucestershire, UK (2023); and ‘Material Beings,’ Cromwell Place, London, UK (2023).

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