STUDIO PRACTICE | MAX BAINBRIDGE and ABIGAIL BOOTH

Working alongside one another, artists Max Bainbridge and Abigail Booth produce sculptural and wall based works that look at landscape as a site of exchange between material and the maker. Driven by a deep relationship to the land they work with a range of raw materials sourced directly from landscapes in and around the UK. Wood, earth and iron are the reoccurring elements that ground their individual practices in a material investigation of form, composition and colour. The use of raw material is integral to the work, with wood transformed into objects symbolic of human ritual, and cloth saturated in iron and earth to produce images that conjure the monumental and meditative. Their work challenges the relationship between the imagined and the actual, where landscape occupies the critical space between thought and process. Max and Abigail treat this liminal space as a site where human narratives can be challenged and re-written through their interaction with the natural.

Exhibitions

Current:

2018

Levelling Traditions | 1 December - 2 February | Make Hauser & Wirth Somerset | High St, Bruton

MAKE’s second exhibition entitled ‘Levelling Traditions’ brings together nine artist-makers united by an intimate understanding of material. Each was invited to create original works to interpret themes of rural life and traditions, the land, the domestic and the intimate – a world in which materials, people, place and process have been so closely intertwined.

The exhibition attests to the extraordinary skill of the maker and modern craftsmanship and our rich cultural heritage. Many works have been created using materials from the makers’ local environment or sourced specifically from Somerset.

Upcoming:

2018

Garnet x Gentlewench | 6 - 8 December | Gentlewench | Chance St, London

Newly founded platform Garnet is launching its work with makers in a pop-up exhibition hosted by Gentlewench store in Shoreditch.

Founded in 2018, Garnet encourages and nurtures meaningful relationships between those who yearn for beautiful things, and the designers who make them. Supporting the makers they work with, Garnets dynamic, unhurried approach to retail provides a contemporary and flexible platform offering a thoughtful selection of editions and made-to-order clothing, jewellery and home-wares.

2019

Walking The Line | 11 May - 6 July | Oriel Myrddin Gallery | Carmarthen

Artists Max Bainbridge and Abigail Booth present an ongoing and evolving body of work, first exhibited in 2018 at Ruthin Craft Centre. Working alongside one another and influenced by their relationship to the land, Booth and Bainbridge tread the line between art and craft, crossing between contemporary art practices and the traditions of craftsmanship.

Jerwood Makers Open | 19 June - 18 August | Jerwood Space | London

Five new commissions by early-career makers Lucie Gledhill, Abigail Booth and Max Bainbridge (Forest + Found), Mark Corfield-Moore, Tana West and Bethan Lloyd Worthington brought about through the biennial Jerwood Makers Open. Each artist combines a high level of technical skill with imagination and intellectual adventure, constituting a fresh and exciting direction in their work.

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Images above courtesy of Forest + Found and Yeshen Venema


MAX BAINBRIDGE / ABIGAIL BOOTH