Enignum two seater
The piece was included in an exhibition at the Biennale entitled ‘Utility and Expression in Contemporary Crafts’ which was curated by Mr. Kenji Kaneko of the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo.
As chief curator of the show, Mr. Kaneko selected the work of 40 international artists for the show. These included Bernard Leach, Lucie Rie, Pippin Drysdale, Elizabeth Fritsch and Alison Britton. Joseph Walsh was invited to show a number of works namely; the Enignum Two Seater, The Enignum VII Shelf and the Erosion I Low Table.
Focusing on the stories and history behind the transition from practicality to figurative art, ‘Utility and Expression in Contemporary Crafts’ consisted of four sections namely; Modern day forms of ‘practicality’; as represented by practical crafts from various nations, ‘Practicality to Expression’, ‘Dyeing and Textile’ and ‘From craftwork structure to ultimate expression’.
Unlike the conventional method of exhibition display, which arranges works of selected artists, this exhibition explored the existence of various interpretations of crafts depending on their country of origin and genre and their transition from process through comparison.