Raw Craft launches at COLLECT
Keel Bench by Oscar Narud, 2010, Photo: Nick Moss
The Crafts Council will launch its newest touring exhibition Raw Craft: fine thinking in contemporary furniture, at COLLECT at the Saatchi Gallery from 11 to 14 May 2012. Raw Craft is produced by the Crafts Council with Brent Dzekciorius and Michael Marriott as curatorial advisors.
Raw Craft will present furniture in the form of one-off’s, limited editions and prototypes by seven makers and designers. These 21 pieces exemplify a type of furniture-making that celebrates craft processes, materiality and the small workshop culture.
The selected makers and designers expose the natural qualities and strengths of their chosen materials. The result is furniture where the aesthetic is an organic outcome of the processes and techniques used. Unnecessary decoration is kept to a minimum and techniques are celebrated not concealed enabling a clear understanding of how the pieces were constructed.
Raw Craft explores a renewed interest in small workshop culture that focuses on a hands-on approach to production. This in turn reflects a larger consumer desire for objects that are sincere, straightforward, well-made, sustainable and fit-for-purpose.
Pieces include three objects recently acquired for the Crafts Council Collection;
• Fabien Cappello’s Christmas Tree series of stools and tables was created using a local resource – used Christmas trees found discarded on the streets.
• Max Lamb’s Pewter Stool was made on a beach in Cornwall. Creating a mould in the firm sand Lamb poured in pewter to create a simple three-legged stool.
• Peter Marigold’s MALAYALAM cabinet from the Palindrome Series was made by creating one half of a cabinet in wood and casting it in plaster to create a mirrored other half.
Featured makers and designers;
Tomás Alonso, Fabien Cappello, Simon Jones, Max Lamb, Peter Marigold, Oscar Narud and Seongyong Lee.
“A rejection of excess and a nod to the self-empowering values of the traditional maker, Raw Craft uncovers a contemporary furniture design movement affluent in austerity.” Brent Dzekciorius
“Raw Craft is about the analysis and understanding of material, process and construction. Identifying intelligent structural means or devices that inform the character of everyday pieces of furniture”. Michael Marriott
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Notes to Editors
• Raw Craft will launch at COLLECT 2012 before starting a UK tour. For information on the tour visit www.rawcraft.org.uk
• There will be a Raw Craft Panel discussion at COLLECT on Friday 11 May, 2.30pm. Deputy Director of the London Design Festival Max Fraser will be chairing a panel that includes Brent Dzekciorius, Rabih Hage, Michael Marriott and Jana Scholze. The COLLECT 2012 talk programme is free although a ticket to COLLECT is required. For tickets visit www.collect2012.org.uk
• COLLECT: the international art fair for contemporary objects is at the Saatchi Gallery, London, 11 – 14 May. COLLECT presents 31 of the world’s finest international galleries showcasing the very best ceramic, glass, jewellery, textiles, wood, furniture, silver and fine metalwork by both new talent and established artists.
About Brent Dzekciorius
Brent Dzekciorius is Director of Retail Operations at Phillips de Pury & Company, and was appointed as a Crafts Council Acquisition Advisor in 2011. He is a former director of Johnson Trading Gallery and Moss Gallery, New York, and maintains his own art and design production company DZEK.
About Michael Marriott
Michael Marriott trained in furniture design at the London College of Furniture and the Royal College of Art. He now works and collaborates on a wide range of projects that span exhibition design, curating, writing, product and furniture design, and installation. He was appointed Crafts Council Acquisition Advisor in 2011.
About the Crafts Council
• The Crafts Council’s goal is to make the UK the best place to make, see, collect and learn about contemporary craft.
o We believe that craft plays a dynamic and vigorous role in the UK’s social, economic and cultural life.
o We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to make, see, collect and learn about craft.
o We believe that the strength of craft lies in its use of traditional and contemporary techniques, ideas and materials to make extraordinary new work.
o We believe that the future of craft lies in nurturing talent; children and young people must be able to learn about craft at school and have access to excellent teaching throughout their education.
• The Crafts Council Collection was established in 1972 and covers the whole range of contemporary craft practice with 1,400 objects from both established figures and upcoming names. Objects in the Collection are available for loan. For more information on borrowing from the Collection, please visit the Crafts Council website or contact Renée Pfister, Collection Management Officer, tel: 020 7806 2525, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on hiring Raw Craft or any other Crafts Council touring exhibition please contact Charlotte Dew, Exhibitions Project Officer, tel: 020 7806 2515, email: email@example.com
• Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2011 and 2015, we will invest £1.4 billion of public money from government and an estimated £0.85 billion from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country. www.artscouncil.org.uk