23 May 2015

MARSDEN WOO GALLERY ARTIST NAO MATSUNAGA UNDERTAKING RESIDENCY AT OSLO NATIONAL ACADEMY OF THE ARTS

Marsden Woo Gallery artist Nao Matsunaga is now halfway through his residency at Oslo National Academy of the Arts, where he has been making the most of the fantastic facilities available there.

Matsunaga has been experimenting with bronze-casting and glaze, some of these pieces may be viewable in London at our upcoming Many a Slip show, opening in July. He is also continuing to explore the use of plaster and steel in his new work, as was previously seen in Monster Rock Circle- his solo show held at Marsden Woo Gallery recently.

Image © Nao Matsunaga (2015)


19 May 2015

MARSDEN WOO GALLERY ASSOCIATED ARTIST NICHOLAS LEES WINS CERSALE PRIZE AT FAENZA BIENNALE

Congratulations to Marsden Woo Gallery associated artist Nicholas Lees, who has just been awarded a major prize at the Biennale in Faenza, Italy!

The Cersale Prize was granted to Four Leaning Vessels, and the jury's citation reads as follows, 'through his flawless technical perfection, the artist communicates a sensation of dematerialized  lightness which call to mind “trompe-l-oeil”  effects, which are dynamic and bright. The shape overcomes the archetypal of the vase and becomes motion, perception and intangible uncertainty.'

Images of the winning work can be seen below...

Nicholas Lees, Four Leaning Vessels (2015) image © Sylvain Deleu

Nicholas Lees, Four Leaning Vessels (2015) image © Sylvain Deleu

Nicholas Lees, Four Leaning Vessels (2015) image © Sylvain Deleu








15 May 2015

PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST IN HIS STUDIO

We thought our readers might like to see a wonderful photo of one of our Marsden Woo Gallery artists, Philip Eglin, hard at work in his studio. You can spot his faithful furry apprentice Nelson in the foreground - named after our esteemed Co-Director Mr. Nelson Woo!

The image was taken as part of Philip Eglin's forthcoming exhibition at Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Slipping the Trail, which will take place from 20 June to 9 August 2015. For more details about this show please click here: https://www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk/exhibitions/philip-eglin

Portrait of Philip Eglin in his studio (2015) image © Oliver Eglin




































 

8 May 2015

NOW ON: KEN EASTMAN AT MARSDEN WOO GALLERY 6 MAY - 13 JUNE

Some atmospheric installation images below of Ken Eastman's beautiful new series of serene and statuesque vessels, currently on display here at Marsden Woo Gallery.

For more information about this show please see our previous blog post or the press section of our website here.

To see further examples of Eastman's work, have a look at his artist's page: http://www.marsdenwoo.com/eastman/ke.htm

Installation view of Ken Eastman at Marsden Woo Gallery (2015) image © Philip Sayer

Installation view of Ken Eastman at Marsden Woo Gallery (2015) image © Philip Sayer

Installation view of Ken Eastman at Marsden Woo Gallery (2015) image © Philip Sayer

Installation view of Ken Eastman at Marsden Woo Gallery (2015) image © Philip Sayer

Installation view of Ken Eastman at Marsden Woo Gallery (2015) image © Philip Sayer


2 May 2015

UPCOMING SHOW: KEN EASTMAN 6 MAY - 13 JUNE 2015

Marsden Woo Gallery is delighted to announce a brand new body of work by acclaimed ceramicist Ken Eastman. In this latest collection of statuesque and contemplative vessels, Eastman further explores his work's unique relationship between sculptural pottery and architecture.  

For more details about this show, and future exhibitions, please see the press section of our website: http://www.marsdenwoo.com/press.htm


16 April 2015

MARSDEN WOO GALLERY ARTISTS JAMES RIGLER AND NAO MATSUNAGA: 'PARALLEL LIVES' AT CERAMIC ART LONDON

Marsden Woo Gallery artists and firm friends Nao Matsunaga and James Rigler will be giving a talk at the Royal College of Art at 11am on Friday 17 April as part of Ceramic Art London 2015. Both artists will share the experiences of their creative practices, discussing their education, residencies, awards, exhibition and work philosophies.

Entrance is free and the event will be a fascinating insight into two of the most exciting practitioners of contemporary ceramics. For more information please see the fair website here: http://www.ceramics.org.uk


Nao Matsunaga and James Rigler at Marsden Woo Gallery, image © Sylvain Deleu

26 March 2015

NOW SHOWING AT MARSDEN WOO GALLERY: RUPERT ACKROYD, 'CATHEDRAL BLOCKS AND THISTLE SEEDS'

Our new show, Rupert Ackroyd's Cathedral Blocks and Thistle Seeds has just opened, and once more we find Ackroyd occupied with the idea of surface. This time his focus is the spiritual, and its manifestation on the surfaces of physical objects.

Ackroyd has introduced free floating thistle seeds into the gallery which are released at intervals by adapted wall clocks, and enclosed others in a pair of vitrines - in one, the seeds are at rest, in the other, they ride currents of air warmed by tea-lights. A truly captivating and magical exhibition, this is not to be missed!

The show runs until 2 May 2015, for more information see our press page: http://www.marsdenwoo.com/press.htm

A taster of images below by Philip Sayer, but make sure to visit for the full experience...

Installation view of Rupert Ackroyd, 'Cathedral Blocks and Thistle Seeds' (2015) image © Philip Sayer
Installation view of Rupert Ackroyd, 'Cathedral Blocks and Thistle Seeds' (2015) image © Philip Sayer
Installation view of Rupert Ackroyd, 'Cathedral Blocks and Thistle Seeds' (2015) image © Philip Sayer










18 March 2015

LAST DAYS OF CURRENT SHOW!

We're now in the last few days of our current show - Nao Mastunaga, Monster Rock Circle. The show finishes this Saturday 21 March at 6pm, visit before then to avoid disappointment!

For more details please see the exhibition press release: http://www.marsdenwoo.com/press.htm

Installation view of Nao Matsunaga, Monster Rock Circle, image © Philip Sayer

Installation view of Nao Matsunaga, Monster Rock Circle, image © Philip Sayer

Installation view of Nao Matsunaga, Monster Rock Circle, image © Philip Sayer

Installation view of Nao Matsunaga, Monster Rock Circle, image © Philip Sayer

Installation view of Nao Matsunaga, Monster Rock Circle, image © Philip Sayer

7 March 2015

MARSDEN WOO GALLERY ASSOCIATED ARTIST ALIDA SAYER TO BE FIRST ARTIST IN RESIDENCE WITH INTERVIEWS, SOUTH KOREA

From 18 March 2015, Marsden Woo Gallery creative consultant and associated artist Alida Sayer will be the first artist in residence with INTERVIEWS, a new artist-run studio and residency programme based in the city of Andong, South Korea.

Founded in 2014 by Korean artists/film-makers Ilsun Maeng and Ingeun Kim, INTERVIEWS is a not-for-profit organisation that offers an alternative platform for cultural exchange between Korea and the wider international community.

Sayer will spend three months living and working in and around Andong, experiencing and responding to Korean culture while running a series of workshops, discussion, performances and site-specific events during her time there. This new body of research will form the basis of a major solo exhibition at Marsden Woo Gallery in February 2016.

If you are interested in finding out more about INTERVIEWS have a look at their website: http://www.interviews.kr/

To view more of Alida Sayer's work, please see her artist page and website: http://www.marsdenwoo.com/sayer_a/as.htm
http://www.alidasayer.com/


Alida Sayer, Core (2014) image © Alida Sayer

Alida Sayer, The mark on the Wall (2014) image © Philip Sayer


INTERVIEWS studio, (2014) image © INTERVIEWS
 
























6 March 2015

KEN EASTMAN AND PHILIP EGLIN FEATURED IN 'BLUE AND WHITE: BRITISH PRINTED CERAMICS' AT THE V&A

Marsden Woo Gallery artists Ken Eastman and Philip Eglin are also showing at the Victoria and Albert Museum's Blue and White: British Printed Ceramics exhibition, along with Carol McNicoll- whose exhibited work we previously mentioned on the blog.

The show is running until 3 January 2016, is free of charge to enter and shows the wide variety of designs and decoration used in blue and white ceramics in Britain from the 1750s to present day.

See the V&A website for more information: http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4090/blue-and-white-british-printed-ceramics-2004476668/ 

Take a look at both artists' exhibited works below:

Ken Eastman, Royal Crown Derby Blue Aves Vase No. 1 (2009)
image © Victoria and Albert Museum
Philip Eglin, Untitled Bucket (1995), image © Philip Eglin




MARSDEN WOO GALLERY ARTIST KERRY JAMESON CURRENTLY SHOWING AT LACOSTE GALLERY, MASSACHUSETTS

Marsden Woo Gallery artist Kerry Jameson completed a residency at Emmanuel College, Boston in 2014 and the body of work created there is currently showing at Lacoste Gallery in Concorde, Massachusetts. We are thrilled to add that the exhibition has been phenomenally well received and images of her captivating new series can be viewed on the Lacoste Gallery website here.

Congratulations, Kerry!

Kerry Jameson, Horse Head (2014) image © Lacoste Gallery, Concorde, Massachusetts








26 February 2015

EMMANUEL COOPER MEMORIAL LECTURE 2015 WITH ALISON BRITTON OBE

Marsden Woo Gallery artist Alison Britton is presenting the Emmanuel Cooper Memorial Lecture 2015 at the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham. Use and Beauty: things, thinking and work will take place on Thursday 5 March at 17.30.

The famous pairing of 'use and beauty' is Bernard Leach's and the largest Leach archive resides in Farnham at the Crafts Study Centre. Britton's lecture will explore a thread through her own work over the past few years that weaves different connection to use and beauty in the way her thinking has evolved through the mixed practice of making pots, writing and curating. It celebrates the instability of craft in the spectrum of art and design.

Tickets cost £10.00 per person and must be booked in advance through 318 Ceramics: http://www.318ceramics.co.uk/programmes-and-events/m/03/ Hurry, there are only a few spaces left!














25 February 2015

VIDEO: JAMES RIGLER, 'AT EVERY FADING OF THE STARS' AT TRAMWAY, GLASGOW

Please click the link to view a fantastic video by Tramway featuring Marsden Woo Gallery artist James Rigler's current show with them: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5zIRr-H9OA&feature=em-share_video_user

For more information about At Every Fading of the Stars see our previous post here, or check out the Tramway website: http://www.tramway.org/events/Pages/At-Every-Fading-of-the-Stars.aspx

The exhibition has been wonderfully received, here are links to reviews in The Guardian and The Scotsman. Congratulations, James!























Stills courtesy of Tramway, Glasgow.

24 February 2015

NOW SHOWING: NAO MATSUNAGA 'MONSTER ROCK CIRCLE'

Some wonderful installation images of our current exhibition taken by Philip Sayer, below.

Nao Matsunaga, Monster Rock Circle, now showing until 21 March 2015.
 
Installation view of Nao Matsunaga, Monster Rock Circle (2015) at Marsden Woo Gallery
image © Philip Sayer, courtesy of Marsden Woo Gallery

Installation view of Nao Matsunaga, Monster Rock Circle (2015) at Marsden Woo Gallery
image © Philip Sayer, courtesy of Marsden Woo Gallery

Installation view of Nao Matsunaga, Monster Rock Circle (2015) at Marsden Woo Gallery
image © Philip Sayer, courtesy of Marsden Woo Gallery

Installation view of Nao Matsunaga, Monster Rock Circle (2015) at Marsden Woo Gallery
image © Philip Sayer, courtesy of Marsden Woo Gallery

Installation view of Nao Matsunaga, Monster Rock Circle (2015) at Marsden Woo Gallery
image © Philip Sayer, courtesy of Marsden Woo Gallery

Installation view of Nao Matsunaga, Monster Rock Circle (2015) at Marsden Woo Gallery
image © Philip Sayer, courtesy of Marsden Woo Gallery


















18 February 2015

CAROL MCNICOLL FEATURED IN 'BLUE AND WHITE: BRITISH PRINTED CERAMICS' AT THE V&A

A piece by Marsden Woo Gallery artist Carol McNicoll is currently featured in Blue and White: British Printed Ceramics, now showing at the V&A until 3 January 2016. 

The display is free of charge to enter and shows the wide variety of designs and decoration used in blue and white printed ceramics in Britain from the 1750s to present day, in both industrial and art production demonstrating how these objects reflect British society, culture and interpret the wider world. For more information, please see the V&A website: 
http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4090/blue-and-white-british-printed-ceramics-2004476668/

The featured work is Home Sweet Home (image below), which was first shown in McNicoll's collaborative exhibition Ideal Home with Sam Scott and Jacqueline Poncelet at Marsden Woo Gallery in 2011.

Carol McNicoll, Home Sweet Home (2011) image © Philip Sayer, courtesy of Marsden Woo Gallery

13 February 2015

UPCOMING SHOW: NAO MATSUNAGA 'MONSTER ROCK CIRCLE' 18 FEBRUARY - 21 MARCH 2015

We have a very exciting new show opening next week - Nao Matsunaga's 'Monster Rock Circle' - which runs until 21 March 2015. In his second solo show with Marsden Woo Gallery, Matsunaga further explore his ongoing fascination with ceremonial objects and archetypes through otherworldly ceramic sculptures and abstract works on paper.

Matsunaga's interest in ritualistic objects, mythical beasts and cultural symbols became enhanced during his period of ceramic artist-in-residence at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2014. Mysterious motifs run throughout this upcoming show in the forms of talismanic sculptures, totemic wooden elements and vibrant spirited paintings. 

For more details about this show, and future exhibitions, please see the press section of our website: http://www.marsdenwoo.com/press.htm

 

 


11 February 2015

LAST DAYS OF CURRENT SHOW!

We're now in the last few days of our current show - Laura Potter, 'Fictional Final Goal'. The exhibition finishes this Saturday 14 February at 6pm. Visit before then to avoid disappointment! 

For more information about this show, please see our previous blog post:
http://marsdenwoo.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/now-on-laura-potter-fictional-final.html

All images © Philip Sayer, courtesy of Marsden Woo Gallery. 

Installation view of Laura Potter, 'Fictional Final Goal' at Marsden Woo Gallery (2015)


 
Installation view of Laura Potter, 'Fictional Final Goal' at Marsden Woo Gallery (2015) 



Installation view of Laura Potter, 'Fictional Final Goal' at Marsden Woo Gallery (2015)

Installation view of Laura Potter, 'Fictional Final Goal' at Marsden Woo Gallery (2015)

Installation view of Laura Potter, 'Fictional Final Goal' at Marsden Woo Gallery (2015)

31 January 2015

JAMES RIGLER 'AT EVERY FADING OF THE STARS' TRAMWAY, GLASGOW 30 JANUARY - 8 MARCH 2015

At Every Fading of the Stars, a new solo exhibition by Marsden Woo Gallery artist James Rigler, has just opened at Tramway, Glasgow. His bold and vibrant ceramic sculptures are inspired by the language of architectural ornament and ruins, and this show further explores his interest in domestic objects, architectural salvage and IKEA.

Rigler was the recipient of the European Ceramic Context New Talent Award 2014 and in 2013 - 2014 undertook a six-month ceramics residency at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

For further information about this exciting new exhibition please see the Tramway website: http://www.tramway.org/events/Pages/At-Every-Fading-of-the-Stars.aspx

Some images below of James Rigler's previous solo show The Fading City at Marsden Woo Gallery...

James Rigler, installation view of The Fading City (2013)
image © Philip Sayer, courtesy of Marsden Woo Gallery

James Rigler, installation view of The Fading City (2013)
image © Philip Sayer, courtesy of Marsden Woo Gallery

James Rigler, installation view of The Fading City (2013)
image © Philip Sayer, courtesy of Marsden Woo Gallery