Taste Contemporary presented Going Beyond; Michael Brennand-Wood and Anne Marie Laureys at Cromwell Place, London from 30th May to 4th June 2023.
Michael Brennand-Wood has an international reputation as one of the most innovative and inspiring artists working in textiles today, drawing in fabric and creating work that is sculptural and tactile. For this exhibition, Taste Contemporary presents a new body of his work called Storyboards. Created between 2020 and 2022, this series embraces the unpredictable as an important component of creative thought. ‘It’s about finding a narrative within a collection of seemingly random images. I’m far more interested in finding a new story within work, than illustrating an existing concept’ says Brennand-Wood.
Belgian ceramic artist Anne Marie Laureys begins her process by throwing a classic, symmetrical pot. Whilst the clay is still soft and wet, she pulls, folds, pinches and punctures it. Suggestive of Michael Brennand-Wood’s Storyboard series, her pieces appear to have a spontaneous, unplanned quality. However, Laureys takes her time to find the shape of a vessel, remoulding and refolding the clay over and over again until it speaks with her unique voice.