12 Mar – 06 Jun 2011
Govett Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, Nz
Karl Fritsch, Martino Gamper & Francis Upritchard.
Wood, interior acrylic paint, found furniture, textiles, sculpting material, metal, acrylic paint, printed paper, ceramic, gold, silver, bronze, brass, aluminium, diamonds, rubies, sapphires, quartz, crystal and other gemstones.
‘Karl Fritsch is a jeweller. Martino Gamper is a furniture designer. Francis Upritchard is a sculptor. We involved people who are really good at what they do – a weaver Lynne Mackay, a potter Nicholas Brandon, a bronze-caster Jonathan Cambell, a felter Pam Robinson, a glass blower Jochen Holz and woodturners Jan Komarkowski and Peter Wales – to educate us, inspire and extend us’. Fritsch / Gamper / Upritchard
Fritsch / Gamper / Upritchard Manifesto
We wanted to work together and involve some others in making an environment that involves furniture, art and jewellery in a domesticated gallery setting.
Gesamtkunsthandwerk is a German word meaning a total artwork that involves all the parts of the arts and in particular the work of the handmade.
We wanted to push ourselves out of our normal zones so we made pottery together.
We involved people who are really good at what they do – a weaver Lynne Mackay, a potter Nicholas Brandon, a bronze-caster Jonathan Cambell, a felter Pam Robinson, a glass blower Jochen Holz and wood-turners Jan Komarkowski and Peter Wales – to educate us, inspire and extend us.
Because we were all working in New Plymouth, which is not our home, we also needed help to source things.
We don't understand why there needs to be such distinctions amongst art, craft and design. Arts and crafts weren't always separated.
We are interested in collapsing hierarchies that operate in language and value.
We feel that we are making work with similar intuition, care and intent.
Making and materials always comes first, and risk-taking is commonplace.
We are all interested in taking found objects and changing them.
Ideas and technique are just as entwined for all of us.
We're not sure that utility is always present in design and craft, and absent in art, yet that tends to be the way people distinguish between these different areas of work.
We would rather people were more open to not thinking of art and design and craft as not separate, and to explore pluralism in art–craft–design.
Collaboration helps to drop distinctions and to push ourselves to learn from and inspire each other.
We want to take people out of the daily routine of their craft and push them to new paths and new risks.
To forget or unlearn convention.
This is not a debate.
This is just making things.
Debate is what happens in the interpretation and we are not interested in distinctions.
We are more interested in the quality and originality of the work, and what it does.
Gesamtkunsthandwerk at Hamish McKay
17 Jun – 9 Jul 2011
Hamish Mckay, Wellington, Nz
Initiated and commissioned by the Govett Brewster Art Gallery