LEVELLING TRADITIONS | Make Hauser & Wirth Somerset
1 December 2018 - 2 February 2019
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.
WALKING THE LINE | Ruthin Craft Centre
29 September - 18 November 2018
Studio practice Forest + Found present an exhibition of new work by collaborative artists Max Bainbridge and Abigail Booth.
Working alongside one another, Booth and Bainbridge tread the line between art and craft, crossing seamlessly between contemporary art practices and the traditions of craftsmanship, as they navigate the changing context of the maker. Driven by a deep relationship to the land, they produce sculptural and wall-based works that look at landscape as a site of exchange between material and the maker. Walking The Line is the biggest collection of work they have exhibited to date and is a reflection on form and composition in their work, and the meditative nature of their practice. Booth’s large, abstract textile pieces are rooted in the conceptual language and materiality of painting, while Bainbridge’s sculptural forms hewn from wood, reflect a need to create a tangible, physical presence in space.
OUTLAND | Egg Trading
13 - 23 September 2018
Egg presents ‘Outland’, a new exhibition of work by collaborative artists Max Bainbridge and Abigail Booth. Working alongside one another, Booth and Bainbridge tread the line between art and craft, crossing seamlessly between contemporary art practices and the traditions of craftsmanship, as they navigate the changing context of the maker. Driven by a deep relationship to the land, they produce sculptural and wall-based works that look at landscape as a site of exchange between material and the maker. They seek out found material in far flung parts of the country, always looking for the remote and the unexpected; where landscape and time stands still. This exhibition of new work looks directly to the materiality of landscape found in outlying and remote regions where earth, fire and water form the connection of life to the land.
REALISING LANDSCAPE | The Space at Caro
21 - 27 April 2018
Max Bainbridge and Abigail Booth, present a new body of work in an exhibition that looks at landscape as a site of exchange between material and the maker. Their work challenges the relationship between the imagined and the actual, where landscape occupies the critical space between thought and process. Booth and Bainbridge treat this liminal space as a site where human narratives can be challenged and re-written through the interaction with the natural. Their use of material is integral to the work, with wood transformed into objects symbolic of human ritual, and cloth saturated in iron and earth to produce architectural, woven images.
COLLECT OPEN | Saatchi Gallery
22 - 25 Feb 2018
The Wash (wall), 2018
red chalk, iron and wood tannin on cotton
Hewn, Hollow, Burnt, Fallen Vessels (floor), 2018
green oak and sweet chestnut
For Collect Open Forest + Found have created one of their largest installations to date. Working collaboratively under their studio practice Forest + Found, Max Bainbridge and Abigail Booth work with wood, natural pigments and textiles to produce sculptural and wall based works, which draw upon architectural structures, the elements, ancient landscapes and cultural objects. Specialising in building relationships between grounded objects and the abstract, Bainbridge and Booth create installations that allow audiences to interact spatially and conceptually with their work.
Images of exhibition by Yeshen Venema
ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE | Pitt Rivers Museum
1 Apr - 1 Oct 2017
As VERVE Artists in Residence, Max Bainbridge and Abigail Booth, were asked to respond to the museum’s archaeology redisplays, looking at the changing forms and functions of objects from prehistory to modern day. This unique opportunity allowed them to directly respond to archaeological artefacts through onsite research and an ongoing collaboration with museum staff. The archaeological collections in particular hold a certain significance for their work in the ability for the unearthed and re-discovered object to conjure new myths and meanings when trying to decipher how and why these objects were made and used. The curation of the Pitt Rivers Museum, whereby objects are divorced from a traditional linear concept of time resonates with their approach to re-imagining cultural objects that resurface throughout history and take on new meanings and ritual significance. Working with the Pitt Rivers Museum offers them the opportunity to directly engage with a wider public audience by challenging the pre-conceptions of certain objects and traditions of making through their approach to contemporary craft practice.
The outcome of their residency was the making of a short film.
Unearthed: Installation (film)
Duration: 5 minutes, 28 seconds
A film for the Pitt Rivers Museum as part of the Verve: Need, Make Use artist in residence program.
Unearthed is a film that looks to change the way we view the museum’s archaeology collection by reconnecting its audience to the complex relationships humans have evolved to have with their surrounding landscape and natural resources. Through the discovery and working of materials by hand, the film builds an immersive narrative of the back-and forth-between the natural source and layering of creative process.
Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund
MAX BAINBRIDGE / ABIGAIL BOOTH
Forest + Found © 2019