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Formal Legacies - The Occasional Table (2017) - Discourse, 2018 - 2019

posted on 2021-03-28, 13:37 authored by Andrew SouthallAndrew Southall
Formal Legacies seeks to re-examine the past of Shaker furniture through the digital present, via furniture making and photography, as a proxy lens for examining its own European and American antecedence and its formal legacies.

This item contains images related to the discourse conversations, detailed below, as well as brief summaries of the discourse discussion, and unedited audio files of these conversations.

Focusing on the cultural influence of the object, discussions were conducted with a range of subjects with particular perspectives. Initially, Paul Hill, a photographer, explored the notion of the vernacular and other traditional craft forms which led to well dressing and the village of Tissington where it originated. A conversation with Jonathan Bastable who writes for Christies magazine, considered the table in the context of contemporaneous art in the UK and America and for Catrin Webster, Professor of Fine Art at the University of Wales the object was a useful example for a course on Contemporary Dialogues. A dialogue with ceramicist Dr Conor Wilson took place at the Holburne Museum, Bath, as part of their Up Late event series.

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