Celebrating the 5th anniversary of the awards, the Jerwood Charitable Foundation commissioned five emerging talents in contemporary applied arts. Zachary Eastwood-Bloom, Malene Hartmann Rasmussen, Jasleen Kaur, Ian McIntyre and Silo Studio were given each £7,500 to realize new works which are now on display at the Jerwood Space in London, before touring the UK.
A re-occurring theme of this years works is craftsmanship. For example Ian McIntyre, who is establishing a name for himself in the design world by working with Hay and Another Country, has created the installation 'A Ton of Clay'. As the name suggest, hundreds of plates and bowls stacked on shelves seem to be unfinished, as if the clay was still wet. He has taken inspiration from the production potter Isaac Button and examines with this piece the role of the maker and industrial production.
In the same room, Zachary Eastwood-Bloom explores the relationship between digitalisation and materiality with his piece 'Partition‘. He aimed to create identical cubes (used in digital imaging) following a strict production process over weeks. However the black ceramics vary in shape, size and color which makes his work very human.
Also interested in production Silo Studio developed a machine that is based on the principles of the experiment ‚Newton’s Bucket’ by Sir Isaac Newton. They have developed a unique technique for the inertial casting of bowls in stunning colours and patterns.
Malene Hartmann Rasmussen created 'In the Death of Night' - a surreal and theatric ceramic forest with motifs from domestic and natural environments, layered with the artists’s memories, daydreams and childhood nostalgia. Utilising the idea of Trompe l’oeil, the technique of using realistic imagery to create an optical illusion, the artist has created life-size, scenic trees by scaling up images of hand-crafted ceramic branches.
Finally Jasleen Kaur dedicated her work 'Marbled Busts‘ to three men who inspired her: Jasleen’s great-grandfather, the first family member to migrate from India to Glasgow; Edward Said, a Palestinian American literary theorist who helped found the critcial theory field of postcolonialism; and the current Lord Napier, whose great-grandfather was a central figure in the story of British India. Drawing parallels between Indian devotional sculpture and traditional western portrait busts, the busts cast in hand marbled plastic which subvert both the material and subject from the revered to the everyday.
Text and contribution: Sara Kietzmann
Photography: Anna Arca
Exhibiting artists: Ian McIntyre, Zachary Eastwood-Bloom, Malene Hartmann Rasmussen, Jasleen Kaur and Silo Studio
Jerwood Makers Open 2015
Jerwood Space, July 10 - August 30