A Leap into the Unknown – transformations, resolutions, mistakes and surprises
A CAA satellite exhibition at Circus, 58 Marylebone High Street, London W1U 5HT
‘A Leap into the Unknown’ explores the courage of seven exceptional contemporary craftspeople to challenge the boundaries of their practice and take a leap into new creative territory. Each maker shown in this New Year Showcase has taken risks with his or her work, consciously leaving the safety of successful working methods and approaches for a move into unknown technical and/or creative territory. All of the pieces on display show distinctive transformations in scale, ambition, materiality and purpose within each individual maker’s body of work. This collection recognises the delight of unexpected outcomes – the fruitful errors of exploration that lead to new discoveries and, often, to happy outcomes.
Taking inspiration from both the fascination with the failures that make success and the beauty of the imperfections that make us human, the exhibition recalls the idea of Wabi Sabi that embraces the imperfect, impermanent and incomplete. As befitting the New Year and its promise of fresh starts, this show is a celebration of the elastic minds of these craftspeople. Unfettered by fear, the CAA makers showcased here are curious and eager to explore new perspectives – they are always willing to learn.
This exhibition is a celebration of New Year Resolutions... that don’t necessarily go according to plan.
Much of the work on display at Circus is for sale.
CAA Featured Makers–
Ceramics – Susan Nemeth and Jonathan Wade
Glass – Stewart Hearn
Metal – Michael Carberry and John Creed
Jewellery – Kristina Kitchener
Textiles – Susie Freeman
Circus is a boutique consultancy. To complement their work with brands and organisations they have formed Circus:performance, a cultural programme of exhibitions, talks and events that captures the essence of contemporary circus - a poetic spectacle which transcends the impossible to delight, amaze and intrigue. It provides an arena for unexpected encounters and celebrates their spirit of collaboration.
The exhibition is located at
58 Marylebone High Street
London W1U 5HT
Opening times: Monday - Friday 10am-5pm
Admission is free
CAA and Circus are connected by a quick trip on the Jubilee line: Baker Street to Southwark
Showcasing work by Bert Marsh, Grant McCaig and Angus Ross.
Bert Marsh was a wood turner of extraordinary skill, using simplicity of form to show the natural beauty of the wood.
He said: ‘From an early age, I have felt a profound need to work with wood; I love the material passionately. There is no complex philosophy attached to the work I do; I am simply striving to achieve the perfect form, the purest possible curves expressed in simple, uncluttered shapes that will expose the beauty of the wood to the full. In seeking that goal I find my inspiration in many everyday objects, but most of all I am inspired by the wood itself.’
Bert’s work has been exhibited and collected internationally.
Grant McCaig is a silversmith with an organic approach to finding extraordinary beauty in metals.
‘In this current body of work I have chosen to work exclusively with iron and silver. I like this combination of materials as both carry particular histories and expectations. Iron, a black metal, emerges from an industrial landscape, whereas silver, a white metal, is domestic and decorative, and this difference creates tension. As a maker I am drawn to the working properties of the two metals, the hardness and robustness of the iron offset against the soft malleable silver. They struggle to work together, to connect. I am exploring these connections, looking for a point where the two can exist in one object.’
Angus Ross has a deep understanding of the design process and a flair for creating pure and beautiful work that is a joy to use. He bends, moulds, sculpts and folds wood combining traditional craft techniques with innovation and the latest technology to create remarkable furniture and functional public art.
Prior to working as a furniture maker Angus graduated with BSc Industrial Design from Napier University, Edinburgh and during the 1980s he designed for high street brands including Mothercare and Boots.
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