Alan Meredith - Ebonised Triptych

Ebonised Triptych

Description: A composition of three oak vessels derived from the circular motion of the woodturning lathe, by which a cylinder is formed. This geometric form is then distorted first by hand and the process of steam bending and then naturally as the wood dries by the inherent tension within the wood. The process of ebonising allows the subtleties of form and grain to become more apparent.
Techniques: Wood turning, steam bending, ebonising.
Materials: Irish oak, oil Year Made: 2018
Dimensions: 350 x 160mm diameter (each approx) Value (euro): 2000

Alan Meredith - Dearcan Diptych

Dearcán Diptych

Description: A composition of two oak vessels derived from the circular motion of the woodturning lathe, by which a cylinder is formed. This geometric form is then distorted first by hand and the process of steam bending and then naturally as the wood dries by the inherent tension within the wood. The process of bleaching allows the subtleties of form and grain to become more apparent. The name Dearcán refers to the Irish word for acorn, the seedling from which oak trees grow, they evoke a sense of possibility.
Techniques: Woodturning, steam bending, bleaching. Materials: Irish oak Year Made: 2018
Dimensions: 300x150 diameter (each approx) Value (euro): 1500

furniture/wood/basketry
troscán/adhmad/caoladóireacht

Alan Meredith

Selected for PORTFOLIO: Critical Selection 2019-2020

My work seeks to reconcile between the process of making and the generation
of form. There is particular focus on wood as a material, its traditional use and future potential. It is hoped that the resulting work will have a sense of material presence, wholesomeness, depth and perhaps purity. The use of steam to bend wood has been developed in the studio over the past two years especially in the making of tables, shelves and vessels. This ancient steaming method has allowed new and elaborate forms to be generated while still working within the constraints of solid wood. The material depth and textures possible to achieve with solid wood are significant. The use of primary objects: the table; the chair; the vessel; the bench give constraint to the work and help guide the processes of making.
 

The primary motivation is a desire to make and a never ending fascination with seeing a piece emerge from the material into something meaningful. Essentially the work is about the expression of values and the striving to refine and achieve those values on an ongoing basis. Once a concept is developing there is endless motivation to expand, refine and resolve individual pieces in order that they may be stepping stones to venture into the next unknown.
 

Alan graduated with a Masters in Architecture from University College Dublin in 2015. He currently works out of his studio in County Laois, imagining and creating one-of-a-kind and speculative pieces for both public and private clients. 

Collections

The Red Jetty, dlr LexIcon, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
Evolution of Land Plants Pergola, University College Dublin
The Daniel Collection, UK
Cill Rialaig Arts Centre, Kerry
Newpark Comprehensive School, Dublin
Kilkenny College, Kilkenny

Selected Awards

2018
Winner: RDS Emerging Craft Practitioner Bursary 
RIAI, Public Space Award for DLR Red Jetty
2017
Futuremaker of the Year Award, Design & Crafts Council of Ireland 
RDS National Crafts Competition: Emerging Maker (Woodturning) Award; Irish Woodturners Guild Award 
Winner of Tresor Discovery Award at Tresor Contemporary Craft, Basel, Switzerland 
Image Interiors Emerging Design Talent Award
2016
Irish Woodturners’ Guild National Seminar: Overall Winner and First Prize in Artistic Category
Winner of RDS Craft Award; Emerging Maker (Woodturning)
2013
Irish American Cultural Institute, Muriel Gahan Scholarship

 

Selected Exhibitions

2019
Surface Matters, Dublin Castle; Artesania Catalunya CCAM, Barcelona, Spain and National Design & Craft Gallery, Kilkenny 
2018
Sorti du Bois/Out of the Wood, Deschambault Village, Quebec, Canada 
Wood Work, Blue Egg Gallery, Wexford
2015-2018
Artist in Craft, Cill Rialaig Arts Centre, Ballinskelligs, Co Kerry
2012-2018
Electric Picnic Music and Arts Festival, Stradbally, Co Laois
2017
BRAVURA, Blue Egg Gallery, Wexford
Tresor Contemporary Craft, Basel, Switzerland  
Sculpture In Context, National Botanic Gardens, Dublin (also 2016 + 2014)
RDS National Crafts Competition Exhibition, RDS, Dublin
RHA 187th Annual Exhibition, RHA, Dublin  
House RDS, Dublim
2015-2017
Body & Soul Music and Arts Festival, Ballinlough Castle, Co Westmeath
2016
Design Awards Exhibition, Institute of Designers in IrelandFumbally Exchange, Dublin
RDS National Crafts Competition Exhibition; RDS, Dublin; National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Turlough Park, Co. Mayo
2016 + 2015
Glastonbury, Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts, Somerset, UK
2015
The Art of the Woodturner, Cill Rialaig Arts Centre, Ballinskelligs, Kerry
Nine Lives, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
UCD Architecture End of Year Show, Richview, University College Dublin
2014
New Irish Woodturning, Gallery No.6, Sligo
Young, SO Fine Art Editions, South Anne Street, Dublin
Exploring Synergies, Stockholm Archipelago, Konstfack Telefonplan Tunnelbana, Stockholm
2013
RDS National Craft Competition; RDS, Dublin; Mid-Antrim Museum, Antrim; Strule Arts Centre, Tyrone
Improvisations On the Theme of an Irish Wall, VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow
The Drawing Room, No. 12 Henrietta Street, Dublin
Sculpture In Context, National Botanic Gardens, Dublin
2012
RDS National Crafts Competition, RDS, Dublin
Group Show, Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise, Laois
2010
RDS National Crafts Competition, RDS, Dublin

Contact Details:

Alan Meredith


T. ++353 (0)87 1371085
E. studio@alanmeredith.ie
www.alanmeredith.ie