These vessels are ever tangible, powerfully forceful, fascinating the beholder, who always discovers something new, something different, something never seen before… Gamperl’s great secret lies in the way he seems able to playfully conjure an infinite array of new facets from his media, wood, using seasoned, handed-down techniques. His works are always very naturally rooted in the present day and invite us to joyfully envisage our future. – Prof. Dr. Florian Hufnagl, The International Design Museum – Neue Sammlung, Munich
While training in carpentry twenty years ago, Gamperl turned to the lathe rather by chance, and embarked on a lifelong relationship with wood.
Over the last twenty years, he has studied the drying properties of the medium and its impact on the final sculpture. Gamperl turns wood when it is wet to create a dialogue with the medium before arriving at a final shape. The curved edges, bulges and indentations emerge out of the natural deformation of the wood and are an essential part of Gamperl’s design, as are branches and irregular growth formations, and the fissures and fractures that the artist consciously repairs and controls. The immanent expressive power of the wood, for example its grain, lines and colouring, its softness or hardness, compact heaviness or paper-thin transparency, are underscored by Gamperl’s treatment of the surfaces: waxing and polishing, scrubbing out the streaks or carving filigree parallel grooves, contrasting smooth and shiny with rough-hewn, scarred surfaces. Ultimately, Gamperl creates understated and enduring vessel forms, which have surface qualities that accentuate the essential beauty of the wood with compelling effect.
Gamperl lives and works in Germany. He is a master craftsman and sculptural artist of international standing, and has worked with numerous creative giants including Tadao Ando, the famous respected Japanese architect, and most recently Martino Gamper, designer and guest curator at the Serpentine Gallery in a major 2014 exhibition. His work is included in many public museum collections across Europe, including Museum of Arts and Crafts, Hamburg; The International Design Museum/Neue Sammlung, Germany; Collection Issey Miyake, Japan; The National Foundation for Contemporary Art, Paris; Collection Grether, Basel; The Grassi Museum, Leipzig; Collection Vok, Italy; and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Featuring works by John Makepeace, Ernst Gamperl, Marc Ricourt, Eleanor Lakelin, Marlène Huissoud, Adi Toch, David Gates, Helen Carnac, Nic Webb, Alex Devol, Sarah Pschorn, Adam Buick, Studio Furthermore, Joe Hogan, Michael Geertsen, Jim Partridge and Jochen Holz.
Designers: Juliette Bigley, Ane Christensen, Helen Carnac & David Gates, Rebecca de Quin, Christopher Duffy, Ernst Gamperl, Marlène Huissoud, Eleanor Lakelin, John Makepeace, Peter Marigold, Marc Ricourt, Simone ten Hompel, Adi Toch, Joseph Walsh, Nic Webb.
Designers: Beatwoven, Helen Carnac & David Gates, Christopher Duffy, Ernst Gamperl, Zaha Hadid & Gareth Neal, Marlène Huissoud, Eleanor Lakelin, Andrew Mackenzie, John Makepeace, Marc Ricourt, Joseph Walsh, Nic Webb.
Designers: Beatwoven, Helen Carnac, Christopher Duffy, Ernst Gamperl, David Gates, Marlène Huissoud, Eleanor Lakelin, John Makepeace, Aneta Regel, Marc Ricourt, Marcin Rusak, Wycliffe Stutchbury, Joseph Walsh, Nic Webb.
Works by Helen Carnac, Christopher Duffy, Ernst Gamperl, David Gates, Ruth Gurvich (kindly loaned by Vacheron Constantin), Zaha Hadid, Marlène Huissoud, Eleanor Lakelin, Gareth Neal, John Makepeace, Aneta Regel, Marc Ricourt, Wycliffe Stutchbury, Joseph Walsh and Nic Webb.
Works by Aneta Regel, Eleanor Lakelin, Ernst Gamperl, Gareth Neal, Helen Carnac and David Gates, Jim Partridge, Joseph Walsh, Liam Flynn, Marc Ricourt, Michael Peterson, Nic Webb, Peter Marigold, Wycliffe Stutchbury.