Exhibition preview: Jerwood Makers Open 2013, Jerwood Visual Arts, London, until August 25 2013
Chosen from 200 hopefuls, the Jerwood Makers is a reliably classy showcase of new talent.
© Courtesy Nahoko Kojima
Five artists have each received a £7,500 commission this year, including Adam Buick, a craftsman of Korean Moon Jars noted for his beautiful time-lapse films, turned here to natural architectural spaces, hidden sea caves in Pembrokeshire and often-unnoticed environments.
Another sculptural innovator, Nahoko Kojima, has brought the art of Japanese paper-cutting, kiri-e, to a European audience.
This time the artist has made an elaborate paper version of a swimming polar bear, cut by hand and created to scale in a work suspended and lit to create an illusion of shadow and shape.
Two of the artists are recent graduates specialising in jewellery: trained at the Royal College of Art, Maisie Broadhead reworks props, characters, clothing and backgrounds in witty takes on Old Masters, and Linda Brothwell, who was also nurtured there, has created hammers, chisels and shims based around Sheffield’s first purpose-built cutlery works.
Less steely, more silky, Roanna Wells takes India’s Kumbh Mela celebrations as inspiration for sheer silk and wool works which explore patterns and abstract representations of crowd formations in a large-scale embroidery piece.
“What unites these five commissions is an equal weight and consideration to both their conceptual enquiry and the skill of execution,” suggests Shonagh Manson, the Director of the Jerwood Charitable Foundation, calling it “a privilege” to observe the “rigour and quality” of this year’s show.
The exhibition will tour nationally following its London opening.
- Open 10am-5pm (3pm Saturday and Sunday). Admission free. Follow the gallery on Twitter @JerwoodJVA.
© Courtesy Adam Buick
© Courtesy Maisie Broadhead
© Photo: Tomas Rydin