Legacy at High Cross House
By National Trust English Riviera | Wednesday, January 09, 2013, 14:05
A New Year brings a new season of exhibitions at the National Trust English Riviera's newest addition, High Cross House on the Dartington estate. This Modernist gem is a home for contemporary art and design, where exhibitions by local artists sit side by side with original furniture, and artists in residence respond to the surroundings. From 12 January Jack Doherty will be presenting his ceramics, alongside Fabrizia Bazzo's contemporary glasswork and Anthony Amos's marine paintings in an exiting exhibition entitled Legacy.
Contemporary Arts Programme Manager for High Cross House, Emma Carter, explained 'When we looked at putting on an exhibition entitled 'Legacy' at High Cross House, we wanted to present artists from the past, present and the cutting edge. We invited local, national and international established and emerging artists to tell their own story. This has resulted in a diverse, interesting and stimulating show in a space that has been, and still is, significant in the architectural, art, craft and design spheres. High Cross House is a unique space to also consider the relationship between the domestic and gallery setting. In the spirit of Dartington we invested energy into experimenting and continuing the conversation of what 'legacy' means to us all.'
The three exhibiting artists exploring legacy all do so through very different mediums. Fabrizia Bazzo has been working with glass, mainly architectural for over 15 years during which time she has managed to develop a reputation for producing original and innovative works in diverse locations. She uses a range of techniques to interpret her designs including acid etching, sandblasting, painting, staining and laminating.
Jack Doherty works with porcelain, thrown on the potter's wheel then carved and shaped when the clay is very soft to reflect the physicality of making and the process of firing. His bowls respond to the textural qualities of the land and sea that inspire him where he lives in Cornwall. He uses fire as his catalyst to create soda fired surfaces and textures.
Anthony Amos spent his early career on trawlers and cargo ships, and created a substantial body of work that reflects his early experiences working at sea and on the docks: the current exhibition of fourteen more recent works is a revelatory exploration of his practice and of his legacy.
Five artists from Kaarst will be in residence, responding to the spaces. All works are pitched somewhere between the notions of domesticity, conceptual agenda and the philosophy of an international modernist movement. Find out more by going to: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/high-cross-house and visit the exhibitions between 12 January and 3 March.