Joseph Walsh Studio presents "REVEAL" – an exhibition of important unseen work and private commissions
May 1st – May 24th
American Irish Historical Society, NYC
Address: 991 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028, USA
Preview: May 1st, 6.30pm, American Irish Historical Society, NYC
April 2017: Irish-based studio workshop Joseph Walsh Studio announces its upcoming REVEAL exhibition, a unique opportunity to view important unseen works and private commissions, as well as some of the Studio's past work, typically destined for collectors' private residences. The exhibition will be held at American Irish Historical Society (AIHS), located on Manhattan’s Museum Mile, and includes a selection of free form chairs, part of a collection of 24 individual and unique chairs developed for Chatsworth House's private dining room, a bespoke watch cabinet and seat created for the private collection of a father and his son, as well as a series of scale models and sketches of Walsh's recent significant 7-meter high sculpture commissioned by the Office of Public Works (OPW) on behalf of the National Gallery of Ireland under the Per Cent for Art Scheme.
Joseph Walsh established his Studio in 1999 on his family’s farm, which still hosts the original 18th century Walsh Farmhouse. Largely inspired by and appreciative of nature, his work is characterised by an ongoing curiosity about the dialogic possibilities of different materials and a unison of form and functionality to create sculptural, one-of-a-kind pieces. The creative process behind these pieces is constantly fuelled by the Studio's cooperation with teams of master craftsmen, as well as apprentices and interns, coming from all over the world to realise Walsh's design vision.
The REVEAL exhibition at AIHS captures the very essence of Walsh's design vision and inspiration, taking the viewer through a journey of some of his most unique creations.
"The REVEAL exhibition provides us with an opportunity to share the results of some of the special commissions that we have undertaken over the years, that reflect a direct dialogue and close relationship with our commissioning clients who have a particular appreciation of our work. The level of trust that was built over the years between our great patrons and us allowed us to delve into the unknown to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. To be presented at the beautiful AIHS venue, which in 2008 was the venue of 'Realisations' my first ever solo exhibition, REVEAL will enable us to showcase the diversity of our commissioned projects and the process behind our work, whilst unveiling the overall essence and philosophy of our studio." Joseph Walsh, Founder of Joseph Walsh Studio
Works included in the exhibition
Exilumem I table: located at the entrance hall of AIHS
The series title derives from the Latin ‘Eximo’ (carved our) and ‘Lumen’ (light). The slow and careful carving process developed by the Studio responds to the natural stone and, over time and with much consideration, hones it to a form that is seductive to the touch – akin to an ancient slab, eroded in a stream, whose beauty yet endures. The mass of solid stone is then juxtaposed to light, transparent and fluid resin legs.
The Exilumen series sees further exciting and challenging extension of Walsh’s body of work, which explores and celebrates contrasts, difference, singularity: how we appreciate one so much more keenly when in juxtaposition - dark with light; immensity with fragility; organic with man-made.
Watch Cabinet: located on the first floor (second floor US)
An object that at its very essence is horological: the watch collection's cabinet, commissioned by a private collector, a museum in miniature that is home to an anthology of timepieces collected over time by a gentleman and his son. The cabinet is created in oak, internally composed 108 pear wood and suede segments, accessed by an original intricate locking mechanism designed in the spirit of the complex mechanisms of the watches within.
Time is generously acknowledged in this unique object, in its creation and development, in what it holds and how, and in the seating arrangement surrounding the cabinet, where space is provided to make time and to then spend it, contemplating time.
Lilium III and Lilium Low Table: located on the first floor (second floor US)
Lilium explores the relationship between the geometric and the organic; while some of the pieces' elements keep to symmetrical repetitions, others erupt into glorious, abstract shape. The finished pieces blur the line between still and living objects, while capturing the natural instincts for growth in the material, the maker and the viewer.
Lilium mimics nature's patterns, beginning with a cohesive form and growing according to a diverse set of circumstances. Walsh finds the piece's forms by following the curve of the wood so that the sculpture evolves from a structured, predictable object into a freely flowing work.
Enignum Chairs: located on the first floor (second floor US)
On show are 4 chairs that are part of a series of 24 individual and unique seats created for the private dining room at Chatsworth House. The title derives from the Latin words Enigma (mystery) and Lignum (wood).
In this series Walsh has stripped wood into thin layers, manipulating and reconstructing them into free form compositions to reveal not only the honesty of the structure but the sculpted form which is a unique collaboration of man and material.
Lumenoria Table: located on the first floor (second floor US)
Over the course of the last three years Joseph Walsh and his team have been expanding the Studio's design language in new materials, a process which is much informed by the way Joseph Walsh has worked with wood over the last 15 years.
In the Lumenoria series Walsh introduces resin to his palette of materials. These works are hand cast resin surfaces over free-form wood sculptural bases. The slow hand casting process allows the liquid resin to respond to the wood form beneath, and the result is the creation of this sinuous, undulating, organic form.
A presentation of sketches and scale models of a large-scale, site-specific sculpture commissioned by the Office of Public Works (OPW) on behalf of the National Gallery of Ireland under the Per Cent for Art Scheme for the National Gallery of Ireland.
The seven-metre tall wooden, free form sculpture delineates space in its slender aspect, standing on a tiny footprint, dramatically reaching upwards and then outwards, creating spaces around itself as it soars.
The title of the series derives from the Latin words Magnus ‘Large’ / ‘Great’ and Magnus Modus will be the 6th large scale installation of the series.
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Notes to the Editor:
About Joseph Walsh Studio
Joseph Walsh established his Studio in 1999 on his family’s farm, a 18th century agricultural concern on which the original Walsh Farmhouse still stands. His innate relationship with landscape and rural life dictated by the seasons continues to inform Walsh’s response to nature, to his consideration of the effect of the environment on materials which fires his imagination, inspiring his unique creations.
About Joseph Walsh
Joseph Walsh (born in 1979) founded his Studio and workshop in 1999 in County Cork, Ireland. He is a designer maker, realising One-of-a-Kind and limited edition pieces. Walsh’s creative approach reflects his appreciation of nature and also his desire to engage the user with visual and tactile forms.
The great understanding and sympathetic use of the material, the intimate relationship between the process of finding forms and creating structures, and the continuity and resolve from the concept stage to the making process define his Studio and work today. Walsh's workshop, employing an international team, engages in resolving technical challenges as his work becomes more complex. They explore new materials while continuing to further the possibilities of engaging with wood. The work of the Studio continues to advance skills, inspire an innovative response and challenge existing practices in achieving the ambitious pieces realised.
Joseph Walsh was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by University College Cork in 2015 in recognition of his contribution to design.
Joseph Walsh’s work can be found in many significant international Museums and Private Collections and is regularly exhibited at major art and design fairs.
About The American Irish Historical Society
Founded in 1897, the American Irish Historical Society is dedicated to recording the history of the Irish in America, past and present. The special relationship unique to Ireland and America is one of movement, back and forth from one country to the other such that many Irish understand America as a home away from home. This in part explains the emboldened artistic and cultural expression in America, why the Irish voice is so often most bravely expressed there.
The American Irish Historical Society has encouraged Irish artists, designers, writers, philosophers to explore expression in the graceful and uplifting surroundings of 991 Park Avenue, a gem-like building that stands slightly proud of its neighbours.
Inspired by the opportunity to exhibit work at the AIHS in New York, Joseph Walsh delved deep into his creative core in 2008 to produce ‘Realisations’, a body of work derived from everything he had made to that point and that dramatically departed from it to create Formations, the Enignum Series.
Further exhibitions - Material Poetry in 2010 and Dubh: dialogues in Black in 2011 expanded his narrative as an artist and as an Irish artist in dialogue in this home from home.