Michael Brennand-Wood and Anne Marie Laureys

Going Beyond: Michael Brennand-Wood and Anne Marie Laureys
30th May to 4th June 2023
Taste Contemporary
4 Cromwell Place
Gallery 12
London, SW7 2JE

Taste Contemporary is proud to present Going Beyond; a two-person exhibition featuring the work of textile artist Michael Brennand-Wood and ceramic artist Anne Marie Laureys; two artists the gallery has worked with since its establishment. The exhibition runs at Cromwell Place, London from 30th May to 4th June 2023. Both artists reform our vision of what is possible with their chosen material; for Michael textiles and for Anne-Marie, ceramics.

Going Beyond: Michael Brennand-Wood and Anne Marie Laureys
Anne Marie Laureys
Crossover of Thoughts, 2020
Photo Peter Claeys

Each of them continuing to push their interactionwith the material they work with to go beyond the expected. Michael Brennand-Wood taps into his lifelong knowledge of embroidery and lace-making in combination with modern day techniques to create multi-layered sculptural textile works. Anne Marie Laureys begins her process by throwing a classic vessel that she then alters with the help of time and gravity; reshaping, remoulding and refolding the clay over and over again until the work has found its voice.

Michael Brennand-Wood Storyboard 2, Orange Dancer with a Cosmic Skirt, 2020
Michael Brennand-Wood Storyboard 2, Orange Dancer with a Cosmic Skirt, 2020

Michael Brennand-Wood has an international reputation as one of the most innovative and inspiring artists working in textiles today. 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 Laureysbegins 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 Storyboardseries, 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.

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