Matthew Harris, Fragment. From www.matthewharriscloth.co.uk
The Bluecoat Display Centre’s current exhibition brings together the work of Gordon Baldwin and Matthew Harris. Matthew Harris makes work that employs dyeing, cutting and hand stitching. It is concerned primarily with abstract imagery and the translation of drawn marks into cloth. Gordon Baldwin is a distinguished ceramic artist, a sculptural potter who has helped to redefine the expressive language of clay over the last fifty years.
The two makers, who are longstanding friends, have a shared love of music. Through the pairing, the gallery hopes to create a dialogue between Gordon’s ceramics and Matthew’s wall pieces – a conversation between makers.
Matthew Harris is a graduate of the textile course at Goldsmiths College and has been working with textiles since 2000, having for the previous ten years made and exhibited drawings and works on paper. He has shown in a number of group and solo exhibitions throughout the UK, USA and Japan.
Matthew makes work that employs a variety of textile techniques. It is concerned primarily with abstract imagery and the translation of drawn marks into cloth. By making work that is pieced, patched and assembled, he aims to create pieces that explore repetition, pattern and the disrupted or dissonant journey of line and image across and through the surface of cloth.
Matthew Harris, Lantern Cloth. From www.matthewharriscloth.co.uk.
On Saturday 9th November, Matthew will be in the gallery to meet visitors and answer questions about his work. The event is free to attend.
The Bluecoat Display Centre is a haven for enthusiasts of contemporary craft and design. Situated in the heart of Liverpool, UK, it opened in 1959 and became a registered charity in 2010. The Centre sells, exhibits and promotes 350 selected contemporary craftspeople each year working in a broad variety of media.
For more information, visit www.bluecoatdisplaycentre.com