Enignum by Joseph Walsh (detail)

Ireland

2013

A UNIQUE DINING TABLE
FROM THE 'ENIGNUM' COLLECTION

by Joseph Walsh
Olive Ash Finished with White Oil

Length 360 cm (141.75 in)

Joseph Walsh is inspired by the effects of elemental forces on the land where he was born and now works on the southern coast of Ireland.  

The Enignum series began in 2008 and grew from a desire to create an uninterrupted fluid sculpted form, but it was when Joseph returned to Ireland from a prolonged trip to the US for an exhibition of his work that the design became more radical. Seeing a large body of his work for the first time in one space in New York allowed him to explore the designs and consider the influence on his work of the client, the material and his own creative desire. He needed to break away from restrictions and find the essence of the design; to allow his creative energy to achieve what he could not necessarily visualise.

Back in Ireland and once again immersed in the wild coastal nature that surrounded him, one evening when the studio was empty, he began to carve away that which was not needed from a nearly finished chair. This was the true beginning of the Enignum Series and when he returned to the sketches of the table on which he had been working prior to his US trip he used this method to leave a skeleton form. However he quickly realized the impossibility of achieving the full scale piece by this method. This led to bending wood free form and allowing the work to grow as opposed to removing excess from the solid. Thin strips were sliced and manipulated, brought together to support the piece whilst also forming the previously sketched sinuous shapes.

The rapport which Joseph has developed with his chosen material is evident from its initial selection, through the conversation which follows to the final communication of his original concept.

Current Exhibition:
2013 Against the Grain: Wood in Contemporary Art and Craft, Museum of Art and Design, New York, USA

Solo Exhibitions:
2011    ENIGNUM and other stories, Oliver Sears Gallery, Dublin, Ireland 2008    Realisations, American Irish Historical Society, New York, USA

Selected Group Exhibitions:

Modern Makers Chatsworth House September 18 to December 23, 2013
2013 Against the Grain: Wood in Contemporary Art and Craft, Museum of Art and Design, New York, USA
2012 Against the Grain: Wood in Contemporary Art and Craft, Mint Museum Uptown, Charlotte North, Carolina, USA COLLECT, Claire Beck at Adrian Sassoon, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK Salone del Mobile, Nilufar Gallery at Palazzo Durini, Milan, Italy Wallpaper Handmade at Palazzo Brioni, Milan, Italy
Design Days Dubai, Nilufar Gallery, Dubai, UAE Dubh; dialogues in black, Oliver Sears Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
2011 SuperDesign, Nilufar Gallery, The Dairy, London, UK Black & White, Oliver Sears Gallery, Dublin, Ireland Design Miami / Basel, Nilufar Gallery, Basel, Switzerland Pavillon des Art et du Design, Nilufar Gallery, Paris, France Salone del Mobile, Milan, Italy
COLLECT, Clare Beck at Adrian Sassoon, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
2010 MATERIALpoetry, American Irish Historical Society, New York, USAPortfolio, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland Pavilion of Art & Design, Todd Merrill Studio Contemporary, London, UK Design Miami, Todd Merrill Studio Contemporary, Florida, USA
2009    Pavilion of Art & Design, Todd Merrill Studio Contemporary, London, UK Grassimesse, Grassimuseum, Leipzig, Germany Design Miami / Basel, Cristina Grajales Gallery, Basel, Switzerland
2008    SOFA, The National Craft Gallery, Chicago, USA Ecology, Mythology, Technology, Farmleigh House, Dublin, Ireland
2007    SOFA, The National Craft Gallery, Chicago, USA Contemporary Irish Decorative Objects & Furniture, La Gallerie SEMA, Paris, France
2006    Collectors Event, National Craft Gallery, The Hunt Museum, Limerick, Ireland
SOFA, The National Craft Gallery, Chicago, USA
2005    Create 2005, Fota House, Co. Cork, Ireland
2004    2000 – 2004 Review, The National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland
2003    Create 2003, Fota House, Co. Cork, Ireland
2002    A Celebration of Craftsmanship & Design, Thristestaine Long Gallery, Cheltenham, UK

Selected Commissions:
The National Museum of Ireland, Decorative Arts & History Collection, Dublin, Ireland Embassy of Japan, Dublin, Ireland Duke of Devonshire Collection, Chatsworth House, England
The Mint Museum Uptown, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA John H Bryan Collection, Illinois, USA Paul Stuart, Madison Avenue, New York, USA Dr. Murray Frum and Nancy Lockhart Collection, Toronto, Canada.

Lectures and Talks:
2012    Joseph Walsh: In Conversation Mint Museum Uptown, Charlotte North, Carolina, USA
2009    Realisations. A Reflection on 10 Years of Making The National Museum of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland
2008    Materiality and Construction Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, Boston, USA

Bibliography:

Joseph Walsh Enignum and other stories pub. Oliver Sears Gallery 2011
Dubh/Dialogues In Black pub. Studio practice 2011

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