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joseph walsh unique dining table

"From The 'Enignum' Collection"

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joseph walsh unique dining table

2013

Dimensions:

W 360 cm

W 141¾"

Olive Ash and Burr Olive Ash

Finished with White Oil

The title Enignum derives from the Latin Enigma meaning mystery and Lignum meaning wood; Joseph Walsh commented, 'for me they sum up the series: the mystery of the composition lies in the material'.

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 realised 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.

Selected Commissions and Collections:

Pompidou Centre, Paris 'Enignum XV Shelf'

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York 'Enignum Free Form Chair'

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.

Selected Solo and Group Exhibitions:

2014 Two Masters: Tajan Auction House, Paris 7 to 21 September

2014 Magnus Celestii at The Artist House, Roche Court UK

2013 Masterpiece, Peter Petrou London

2013 Modern Makers: Chatsworth House UK, September 18 to December 23

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 MATERIAL poetry, American Irish Historical Society, New York, USA Portfolio, 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 Realisations, American Irish Historical Society, New York, USA.

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.

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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