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