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ANCESTRAL FOSSILS

In 2017 Gareth’s van containing the original Block III was heartbreakingly stolen prior to the work being delivered for PAD. Two years of financial recovery and a renewed search for the perfect piece of timber followed. After an emotional journey Gareth is delighted to unveil the new Block III for PAD 2019

Block III is the third and latest edition of the Ancestral Fossil series.

With a likely future as firewood, Gareth rescued these impractical sections of heartwood and sculpted the knotted, gnarled lumber into two fluid forms through a combination of progressive digital crafting techniques and intricate traditional handwork. The greenwood trunk appears split in two to reveal a modern interpretation of a classical form, drawing this ancestral fossil from history into the contemporary world.

Felled for conservation purposes, these dense hardwood blocks store within them a wealth of CO2. Rescuing these unpractical lumps from being burned not only fossilizes their individual century-old beauty but also captures the carbon within for them life. These sculpted carbon storage units and the rich history captured within their rings are an alternative contribution to the health of our planet.

For enquiries please contact Sarah Myerscough Gallery


ENGLISH OAK

HEIGHT: 80cm, DEPTH: 80cm, WIDTH: 43cm


ENGLISH OAK

HEIGHT: 80cm, DEPTH: 37cm, WIDTH: 80cm

Images © James Champion


BLOCK II 2017

CARVED GREEN-OAK, TRADITIONAL SHOU BAN CHARRING

HEIGHT: 43cm, DEPTH: 35cm, WIDTH: 45cm

Images ©Petr Krejci


 

COLONNADE

 

CARVED GREEN-OAK, TRADITIONAL  SHOU SUGI BAN CHARRING

WIDTH: 132cm, DEPTH: 36cm, HEIGHT: 43cm

Images © James Champion

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Flat Fish

The Flat Fish is the fourth and latest edition in the Si02 series. Gareth employs a new technique of 3D printing and continues to stretch the limits of printing in raw sand.

The vessel captures an act of digital manipulation in physical space. The perplexing form unites a plethora of vessels within one singular object. It appears to warp and stretch before your eyes, the waved grooves twisting and bending like lines in the sand.

For enquires please contact Sarah Myerscough Gallery.

Material: Sand

Dimensions: W140 x H62 x D27 cm

All Images copyright Jan Faukner

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SiO₂

With each iteration of the vessel, Gareth tests the limits of craft, both in materiality and human perception.

15 years on from the production of his first vessel, but wanting to challenge the ever-changing boundaries of digital manufacturing and its relationship to craft still, Gareth employs a new technique of 3D printing.

Despite consistent progress in digital CNC manufacturing, there are still limitations. In a bold move Gareth steps away from his expert material, wood, and for the first time explores the possibilities of another raw material, sand. The fluid, yet solid substrate allows for endless configurations, giving Gareth the opportunity to materialise designs he once could only dream about.

Gareth believes the machine to be an extension of the human hand, and that the eradication of the chisel does not deduct from the craftsmanship deeply rooted within every stage of the production of these vessels.

For enquires please contact Sarah Myerscough Gallery.

TWISTED PAIR

SAND

HEIGHT: 65 cm


MIRRORED PAIR

SAND

HEIGHT: 90 cm


 

 

TWISTED VESSEL

SAND

HEIGHT: 40 cm

All Images copyright James Champion

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