Gareth Neal at the Carpenters' Hall: The Commission
Gallerist, Sarah Myerscough, maker, Gareth Neal and the Clerk of the Carpenters’ Company, discuss the acquisition of Black Ve-sel, a collaborative wood sculptural piece created by eminent architect Zaha Hadid and Gareth Neal. The talk is followed by a tour with Carpenters' Hall archivist Julie Tancell, who will highlight the history of the building over the last 700 years.
The collaborative vessels by Zaha Hadid and Gareth Neal were initiated by the American Hardwood Export Council and Benchmark Furniture and exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London as part of The Wish List during the London Design Festival 2014.
‘I was excited to be paired with Zaha Hadid, whose brief was simple and open: to create some form of tableware made from wood,’ says Neal…... ‘I was keen to take advantage of the Hadid studio’s advance computer modelling software, pushing the boundaries of digital tools. I was particularly interested in the idiosyncrasies of traditional hand processes such as a hand thrown pot, or a raised piece of silverware and how simulating these could be achieved through digital imitation….Through using the traditional vessel form as a starting point and subverting its appearance to dramatic extremes, mimicking traditional carving technique I hope the pieces will embed the design with a sense of the handmade through the arm of a robot, questioning the viewer’s perceptions of craft and the handmade.’
The Carpenters’ Company is a City of London Livery Company. It received its first royal charter in 1477, and was granted a coat of arms in 1466. The Company was orginally established as a medieval trade guild to safeguard the welfare and interests of carpenters in the City of London. Today, charitable activities and support for the craft of woodworking through scholarships, competitions and the Building Crafts College are the two cornerstones of its work.The Carpenters’ Company has been based on London Wall since its first Hall was built there in 1429. Since that time, there have been three Halls. The current Hall was opened in 1960. From medieval times Carpenters’ Hall has been used by groups and organisations to meet and entertain, including other guilds.
Established in 1998, Sarah Myerscough Gallery promotes formal and aesthetic innovations within the contemporary visual arts by breaking down boundaries between fine art, craft, design and architecture. As a multidisciplinary platform, the gallery supports and promotes quality of process and practice across disciplines, with a particular focus on woodwork. The gallery represents emerging and established international artists and designers exhibiting in major galleries and museums, while it continues to establish its presence at art fairs around the world, PAD London, Art Paris, Design Miami/Basel, Design Miami, Art Geneve, SALON New York, SOFA Chicago, Design Days Dubai and Craft Trend Seoul.