STUDIO PRACTICE BY MAX BAINBRIDGE AND ABIGAIL BOOTH

Working in both the visual arts and contemporary craft, artists Max Bainbridge and Abigail Booth draw upon a background in painting and sculpture, whilst looking towards a newly developed language of craft. They work on objects independently, to produce installations and displays that form dialogues between landscape, material and process as they navigate the changing context of the maker. Driven by a deep relationship to the land they work with 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 canvases that conjure the monumental and meditative. Using fire, earth and water to sculpt wood and build up colour on the surface of cloth, they produce objects that challenge the relationship between the imagined and the actual, where landscape occupies the critical space between thought and process. They treat this liminal space as a site where human narratives and identity can be challenged and re-written through the gesture of the maker and their interaction with the natural.

CURRENT / UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

The Art of Gathering | 14 Sep - 12 Oct | The New Craftsman Gallery | St Ives

For the 2019 St Ives September Festival the New Craftsman Gallery will be showing the work of eight selected artists who use the act of gathering, collecting or harvesting materials as an integral part of their making process. Curated by Sarah Frangleton, the exhibition, Art of Gathering will include the work of Painter Michael Porter and Francesca Owen, Sculptural Baskets by Joe Hogan and Annemarie O’Sullivan, Jewellery and Gathered Objects by Silversmith Stuart Cairns, Ceramics by Patricia Shone and new work by studio collective Forest + Found.

The Art of Boro | 18 Sep - 20 Oct | 8 Holland St | London

8 Holland Street is delighted to present an exhibition of twelve exceptional, Japanese Boro textiles from the collection of renowned art and antiques dealer Gordon Reece. These beautiful, heirloom bedcovers have been rediscovered and represented as abstract artworks. They will be shown alongside works by contemporary textile artists Catarina Riccabona and Abigail Booth (of Forest + Found), with both artists exploring issues of sustainability and materiality in their work.

Jerwood Makers Open | 5 Oct - 19 Jan | National Centre for Craft & Design | Sleaford

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.

Re-New | 30 Oct - 3 Nov | Kettle’s Yard | Cambridge

TOAST, the clothing and lifestyle brand, has commissioned a group of artists in collaboration with Kettle’s Yard to re-work worn garments and fabrics, turning them into something unique and unexpected. The display aims to promote the idea that clothes can have a life beyond their first wearer; creatively supporting a lower carbon lifestyle. The participating artists are: Abigail Booth of Forest + FoundAlice FoxRichard McVetisHannah Robson and Sophie Rowley.

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