David Gates and Helen Carnac

British makers David Gates and Helen Carnac are fascinated by the discipline of craft and its relation to the industrial world. Working independently and collaboratively on projects the London-based artists are interested in structure and landscape. Trained as a designer Gates’s work explores mass, volume, balance, and architecture, yet is also functional. Spaces, interiors, ledges, and shelves reveal themselves through doors, tambours, drawers, and fall-flaps suggesting places to store and display objects. Gates has exhibited extensively throughout the U.K. and won the prestigious British prizes ‘Wesley Barrell Craft Award for Established Makers’ (2011) and the ‘Jerwood Award for Contemporary Making’ (2010). His thesis-based PhD research at King’s College London focuses on the communicative practices, narratives and discourses of craft practice. Carnac’s current and recent projects include: Walking/Talking/Making (with Russell Martin and Paul Harper, 2010 and ongoing); Marking Place (Sint Lucas, Antwerp, 2011); Intelligent Trouble (The Institute of Making, Kings College London, 2011); The Tool at Hand (Milwaukee Art Museum and touring, 2011-13); Drawing, Permanence and Place, (Kunstverein, Coburg, 2012).