PROJECT SPACE / 6 June to 3 July 2014
Edgoose investigates our perceptions of the vessel, and how craft objects appear, inhabit, extend into and pertain to both space and viewer. Triggers explores and broadens the traditional identity and role of these objects, expanding them from self-contained entities into artworks that connect and create relationships – between themselves; to their environment; and to the viewer
Triggers: Craft Objects in Space and Time is part of a practiceled doctorate project that investigates how craft objects exist, extend, and pertain to space and time.
This exhibition includes three works developed through the research: Mezuzah and Rail (2007), Rail as Vessel (2012), and Domestic Rail (2014). These three pieces reveal something of Edgoose’s examination of the craft object in the context of exhibition practice, his focus on relationships between object and exhibition space, and their implications for perceptions of time.
Through a study of how the object’s form, detail, and presentation can shift expectations to activate new meanings and potentials for the object, the work contemplates possible new significations beyond traditional notions of the craft object as an isolated, self-contained, or ‘untouchable’ entity.
Extending nearly thirty years in gold and silversmithing and exhibition practice, Mark Edgoose has also contemplated the field of architecture, where issues of site, function, use, and occupation are fundamental considerations within accepted architectural design practice and theory. Beginning with vessels, a series of works made over eight years as part of the larger doctorate project studied how objects might be located physically in relation to one another within defined spaces, and how these relationships might influence perceptions of the work’s purpose and meaning, and of the exhibition space. The project centered on the exhibition and commissioning of rails as craft objects, culminating in a series of ‘domestic rails’ in which the craft objects connect with, perform within, and influence domestic architectural spaces. The domestic rails bridge the formal isolation of an ‘object on display’ and the everyday, intimate, familiarity of the functional household fixture. Bringing together and testing perceptions of meaningfulness and usefulness, these works find new ways to consider craft objects in space and time.
Mezuzah (2007), Rail as Vessel (2012), and Domestic Rail (2014) provide insights into the larger project and offer ideas for the future of the craft object.