Signature in Wood: Singular, career-defining works in wood.

24 September - 13 November 2021
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Location : Sarah Myerscough Gallery  The Old Boathouse 1 White Hart Lane SW13 0PX London

Opening times: Monday - Friday 10am - 6pm Saturday 10am - 4pm

 

The gallery in Barnes is closed today, Saturday 16th of October, due to unforeseen circumstances. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. 

 

Art has many different branches, but what holds them together - what all art has in common - are two elements that must always be present: poetry - there has to be some kind of poetry - and a healthy dose of construction. Without the two, there is no art.

 

This musing, by twentieth-century sculptor Eduardo Chillida, perfectly befits an exhibition that celebrates twelve acclaimed international artist-designer-makers working in wood today. They each have a proximity to construction, to knowing the inside-out of their work's finished form, which inevitably leads to a poetic enthralment with their chosen material. The singular, career-defining pieces of sculptural furniture and objects represented in Signature in Wood push timber to its conceptual and practical limits; in doing so, the artists endeavour to communicate emotionally through making and material. 

 

At the foundation of each artist's practice is an acutely temporal and spatial relationship to wood. Labour-intensive processes - turning, carving, and sanding - later give way to surface treatments such as polishing, burnishing, dying and liming. Rich and compelling patinas carry subtle aromas and engage us in an instinctually sensory understanding of the work. These deft languages of making are underpinned by complex artistic concerns.

 

Herein lies Chillida's poetry; in the right hands, a material that is raw, powerful, malleable and mercurial leads to a correspondingly captivating work. The psychological journey taken by the maker during this sculpting process is often brutal, yet within the same stroke beautiful, delicate and restrained. The final expression enfolds this experience within its fibres, so that the indelible signatures of artist and timber are intertwined and ever-present.

 

Featured artists include : Nic Webb, Gareth Neal, Eleanor Lakelin, Julian Watts, Michael Peterson, Ernst Gamperl, Christopher Kurtz, Wycliffe Stutchbury, Egeværk, Katrien Doms, Max Bainbridge / Forest + Found, Jim Partridge & Liz Walmsley.

Works
  • Christopher Kurtz Ascender, 2019 Hand carved linden wood and burnished graphite finish 240 H x 100 W x 100 D cm / 8 H x 3 W x 3 D ft
    Christopher Kurtz
    Ascender, 2019
    Hand carved linden wood and burnished graphite finish
    240 H x 100 W x 100 D cm / 8 H x 3 W x 3 D ft
  • Wycliffe Stutchbury The Hill 9, 2020 Felled common holly Abergavenny, Monmouthshire 145 H x 55 W x 10 D cm
    Wycliffe Stutchbury
    The Hill 9, 2020
    Felled common holly
    Abergavenny, Monmouthshire
    145 H x 55 W x 10 D cm
  • Jim Partridge & Liz Walmsley Rocking Chair, 2021 Oak 127 H x 43 W x 67 D cm
    Jim Partridge & Liz Walmsley
    Rocking Chair, 2021
    Oak
    127 H x 43 W x 67 D cm
  • Jim Partridge & Liz Walmsley Anvil, 2021 Oak 56 H x 41 W x 73 D cm
    Jim Partridge & Liz Walmsley
    Anvil, 2021
    Oak
    56 H x 41 W x 73 D cm
  • Egeværk ICE Bench, 2021 Danish ash 41 H x 240 W x 46 D cm
    Egeværk
    ICE Bench, 2021
    Danish ash
    41 H x 240 W x 46 D cm
  • Julian Watts Untitled, 2021 Bleached Big Leaf Maple 104 H x 99 W x 86 D
    Julian Watts
    Untitled, 2021
    Bleached Big Leaf Maple
    104 H x 99 W x 86 D
  • Michael Peterson Coastal Stack XVII, 2021 Carved/Sandblasted/Sumi Ink on Madrone Burl (5 elements) 46 H x 71.5 W x 71.5 D cm
    Michael Peterson
    Coastal Stack XVII, 2021
    Carved/Sandblasted/Sumi Ink on Madrone Burl (5 elements)
    46 H x 71.5 W x 71.5 D cm
  • Ernst Gamperl 47/2020//190, 2020 Oak 99 H x 33 ø cm
    Ernst Gamperl
    47/2020//190, 2020
    Oak
    99 H x 33 ø cm
  • Ernst Gamperl 29/2020//180, 2021 Ash 77 H x 51 ø cm
    Ernst Gamperl
    29/2020//180, 2021
    Ash
    77 H x 51 ø cm
  • Ernst Gamperl 8/2021//180, 2021 Curly Maple 72 H x 46 ø cm
    Ernst Gamperl
    8/2021//180, 2021
    Curly Maple
    72 H x 46 ø cm
  • Katrien Doms Ukiyo 002, 2019 Solid soft wood, sculpted with heat and fire 72 H x 44 W x 6.5 D cm
    Katrien Doms
    Ukiyo 002, 2019
    Solid soft wood, sculpted with heat and fire
    72 H x 44 W x 6.5 D cm
  • Katrien Doms Ukiyo 027, 2021 Solid soft wood, sculpted with heat and fire 90 H x 87.9 W cm
    Katrien Doms
    Ukiyo 027, 2021
    Solid soft wood, sculpted with heat and fire
    90 H x 87.9 W cm
  • Gareth Neal Block III (concave), 2019 Oak 80 H x 79 W x 36 D cm
    Gareth Neal
    Block III (concave), 2019
    Oak
    80 H x 79 W x 36 D cm
  • Gareth Neal, Block III (convex), 2019
    Gareth Neal, Block III (convex), 2019
  • Max Bainbridge / Forest+Found Deadstanding IV, 2021 Ash Wood 104 H x 54 W x 32 D cm, 42 kgs
    Max Bainbridge / Forest+Found
    Deadstanding IV, 2021
    Ash Wood
    104 H x 54 W x 32 D cm, 42 kgs
  • Nic Webb Form within Li, 2021 Thuja 84 H x 75 W x 90 D
    Nic Webb
    Form within Li, 2021
    Thuja
    84 H x 75 W x 90 D
  • Eleanor Lakelin Homage Bowl, 2021 Horse Chestnut burr 62 H x 110 W x 115 D cm
    Eleanor Lakelin
    Homage Bowl, 2021
    Horse Chestnut burr
    62 H x 110 W x 115 D cm