Snickarglädje – July 2013

Snickarglädje

This month marks the 4th birthday of the opening of Stour Space, so it is perfect timing to celebrate the work of Co-Founder and Architectural Designer Neil McDonald. ‘Snickarglädje’ is the name given to the intricate wooden adornments added to a building as its finishing touches.

The Private View of ‘SNICKARGLÄDJE’ takes place on Thursday 4th July 2013, from 7-11pm. There will be a wide selection of drinks from Crate Brewery and The Counter Cafe available. Admission is free.

Opening Hours: 5th – 29th July 2013 | 9am–5pm daily

This collection of retrospective and current works aims to satisfy a personal journey of the artist: from the creation of Stour Space – a public art gallery, creative workspace and social enterprise venue, to his subsequent relocation to rural Sweden, a new studio and the next step in his own artistic direction.

Artist Statement

“I am fascinated by notable moments in time that can progressively be captured to inspire or reflect upon and I find that this presents itself beautifully through natural or found objects; the reflected grain of bookmatched wood, the remaining roots from a tree cut down to make way for development, a reclaimed pallet staircase or the stumps from trimming inner city trees.

This has led the larger part of my work to highlight the complexity of patterns in materials and responses to its touch and sound. By inviting interaction and engaging on these levels to allows far greater rapport with the object and enhances the inherent qualities of the medium.

My work has majorly featured wood and its diverse qualities for many years, including sculpture, musical instruments, jewellery and design and often in combination. I am drawn to this medium as I see it as pure creativity with no agenda and free from consciousness. This enhanced with it’s own unique journey is where I draw much inspiration.

This month marks the 4th birthday of the opening of Stour Space, and it therefore feels fitting to exhibit the work I have focused on as an artist since starting this public arts venue. My recent move to Sweden has allowed my journey with Stour Space to change and as the designer responsible for the layout and construction of the building, as well it’s numerous unique features such as moveable gallery walls, I feel the building is finally ready for my finishing touches.

‘Snickarglädje’ is the Swedish name given to the intricate wooden adornments added to a building as it’s finishing touches. This exhibition attempts to represent my journey as an artist from the conception of Stour Space to my subsequent move to rural Sweden, a new studio and the next step in my own artistic direction. Referencing influence of location and lifestyle and paying homage to the historical context of Hackney Wick and Sweden.”

www.neilmcdonaldart.co.uk


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