Scorched By Sarah Myerscough At Fitzrovia Chapel, As Part Of London Craft Week: Exhibition

8 - 12 May 2019
Overview

Sarah Myerscough is delighted to present Scorched, an exhibition of scorched wood pieces by leading contemporary artists and designers, organised as part of London Craft Week 2019. The exhibition also includes a series of artists' talks throughout the week - see details below.

My ambition is to create a densely forested installation that will silhouette against the highly figured marble and gold mosaic of the chapel through a collection of hand-crafted scorched objects and unique furniture pieces using traditional wood working processes. The objective is to highlight the materiality of the work, celebrate wood and its significance in the world of craft, art and design and demonstrate the creative depth and infinite possibilities of working with this incredible material from traditional carving, turning and scorching to technological advancement. Wood is rarely considered a serious element of contemporary craft when compared to the giants of ceramic and glass, but hopefully this exhibition will present a real sea-change in such archaic perceptions.

The intrinsic and modest beauty of wood will shine when juxtaposed with this decadent chapel interior; the organic and imperfect against the refined and geometric, the prosaic as opposed to the rarified and the matt black against the gold… one absorbing light and the other reflecting it. The space also allows for the opportunity to explore another important element to curating a show of wood - its sensory engagement. The musty smell typifying most church interiors in this show will be mingled with the aroma of scorched wood giving further weight to the visual experience. The overall ambience of the exhibition will be haunting; a burnt wood landscape, the remnants of a fire… yet each piece is beautifully crafted, conceptually and aesthetically complex. 

Sarah Myerscough Gallery strives to blur the boundaries of contemporary design, art and craft. This exhibition will therefore focus on the sculptural aspect of furniture making. The selected sculptures will enrich the viewers’ formal appreciation of contemporary craft and design through a curated art experience which places art and craft alongside each other.

Installation Views
Works
  • Wycliffe Stutchbury Rooksnest 2, 2019 Felled European Oak Ermin St, Berks. 22 ø cm
    Wycliffe Stutchbury
    Rooksnest 2, 2019
    Felled European Oak
    Ermin St, Berks.
    22 ø cm
  • Wycliffe Stutchbury The Rodd 3, 2019 Felled European Oak Powys, Wales. 20 ø cm
    Wycliffe Stutchbury
    The Rodd 3, 2019
    Felled European Oak
    Powys, Wales.
    20 ø cm
  • Wycliffe Stutchbury West Dean 1, 2019 Felled Holm Oak Chichester, West Sussex. 53 H x 23 W x 18 D cm
    Wycliffe Stutchbury
    West Dean 1, 2019
    Felled Holm Oak
    Chichester, West Sussex.
    53 H x 23 W x 18 D cm
  • Nic Webb Waypoint, 2019 Elm 76 H x 75 W x 53 D cm
    Nic Webb
    Waypoint, 2019
    Elm
    76 H x 75 W x 53 D cm
  • Julian Watts Untitled (Burnt) RETURN, 2019 Charred Douglas Fir 111 H x 25 ø cm
    Julian Watts
    Untitled (Burnt) RETURN, 2019
    Charred Douglas Fir
    111 H x 25 ø cm
  • Alison Crowther Charred Pod I (large), 2017 Unseasoned Acacia Wood. Charred and finished with a mixture of linseed oil and pure turps. 120 L x 60 ⌀ cm
    Alison Crowther
    Charred Pod I (large), 2017
    Unseasoned Acacia Wood. Charred and finished with a mixture of linseed oil and pure turps.
    120 L x 60 ⌀ cm
  • Alison Crowther Charred Pod II (small), 2017 Unseasoned Acacia Wood. Charred and finished with a mixture of linseed oil and pure turps. 100 L x 45 ⌀ cm
    Alison Crowther
    Charred Pod II (small), 2017
    Unseasoned Acacia Wood. Charred and finished with a mixture of linseed oil and pure turps.
    100 L x 45 ⌀ cm
  • Gareth Neal Hack Chair 2, 2019 Oak 97 H x 37 W x 40 D cm
    Gareth Neal
    Hack Chair 2, 2019
    Oak
    97 H x 37 W x 40 D cm
  • David Gates Anon(.)pt7, 2019 Oak, steel, textile thread 140 H x 50 W x 35 D cm
    David Gates
    Anon(.)pt7, 2019
    Oak, steel, textile thread
    140 H x 50 W x 35 D cm
  • David Gates and Helen Carnac GYC#2, 2018 Elm, Ash, Quilted Maple, Cedar of Lebanon, Vitreous Enamel on mild Steel 135 H x 58.5 W x 42 D cm
    David Gates and Helen Carnac
    GYC#2, 2018
    Elm, Ash, Quilted Maple, Cedar of Lebanon, Vitreous Enamel on mild Steel
    135 H x 58.5 W x 42 D cm
  • Christopher Kurtz Smoked Vessel 1, 2019 American Black Walnut, scorched finish with linseed oil 12 H x 46 W x 46 D cm / 4.5 x 18 x 18 in
    Christopher Kurtz
    Smoked Vessel 1, 2019
    American Black Walnut, scorched finish with linseed oil
    12 H x 46 W x 46 D cm /
    4.5 x 18 x 18 in
  • Christopher Kurtz Smoked Vessel 2, 2019 American Black Walnut, scorched finish with linseed oil 12 H x 46 W x 46 D cm / 4.5 x 18 x 18 in
    Christopher Kurtz
    Smoked Vessel 2, 2019
    American Black Walnut, scorched finish with linseed oil
    12 H x 46 W x 46 D cm /
    4.5 x 18 x 18 in
  • Eleanor Lakelin Echoes of Amphora: Strata I, 2019 Horse Chestnut Burr 105 H x 35 ø cm
    Eleanor Lakelin
    Echoes of Amphora: Strata I, 2019
    Horse Chestnut Burr
    105 H x 35 ø cm
  • Eleanor Lakelin Karst Form IV, 2019 Horse Chestnut Burr 24 H x 50 ø cm
    Eleanor Lakelin
    Karst Form IV, 2019
    Horse Chestnut Burr
    24 H x 50 ø cm
  • Eleanor Lakelin Imprint: Sphere I/19, 2019 Cedar 60 ø cm
    Eleanor Lakelin
    Imprint: Sphere I/19, 2019
    Cedar
    60 ø cm
  • Malcolm Martin & Gaynor Dowling Untitled scorched (medium), 2019 Oak 166 H x 33 W x 21 D cm
    Malcolm Martin & Gaynor Dowling
    Untitled scorched (medium), 2019
    Oak
    166 H x 33 W x 21 D cm
  • Malcolm Martin & Gaynor Dowling Untitled scorched (small), 2019 Oak 121 H x 29 W x 18 D cm
    Malcolm Martin & Gaynor Dowling
    Untitled scorched (small), 2019
    Oak
    121 H x 29 W x 18 D cm
  • Malcolm Martin & Gaynor Dowling Untitled scorched (tall), 2019 Oak 203 H x 34 W x 18 D cm
    Malcolm Martin & Gaynor Dowling
    Untitled scorched (tall), 2019
    Oak
    203 H x 34 W x 18 D cm
  • Jim Partridge & Liz Walmsley Scorched Bench, 2019 Oak 49 H x 130 W x 40 D cm
    Jim Partridge & Liz Walmsley
    Scorched Bench, 2019
    Oak
    49 H x 130 W x 40 D cm
  • Max Bainbridge / Forest+Found Charred Crucible II, 2019 Sycamore 43 H x 24 ø cm
    Max Bainbridge / Forest+Found
    Charred Crucible II, 2019
    Sycamore
    43 H x 24 ø cm
  • Max Bainbridge / Forest+Found Burnt Chestnut Crucible, 2019 Sweet Chestnut 45 H x 31 ø cm
    Max Bainbridge / Forest+Found
    Burnt Chestnut Crucible, 2019
    Sweet Chestnut
    45 H x 31 ø cm
  • Max Bainbridge / Forest Found Charred Crucible I, 2019 Sycamore 49 H x 22 ø cm
    Max Bainbridge / Forest Found
    Charred Crucible I, 2019
    Sycamore
    49 H x 22 ø cm