Liam Flynn, Suite of Oak Bowls, Fumed Oak, 2014

Liam Flynn, Suite of Oak Bowls, Fumed Oak, 2014


September 09 2014

It was a conversation earlier this year, with ceramic artist Owen Quinlan, that made me think about the relationship between objects. I had asked Owen to submit work for an exhibition earlier this year and he had created a grid composition, which consisted of 9 wall-mounted pieces from his Environment to Object series. Individually, each of these pieces were interesting compositions but together, they spoke a different language. They influenced, interacted with and responded to each other and there existed a visual flow that brought the work to a new level.

This led me to the notion of the juxtaposition of objects and their relationship to each other; how do they respond to each other and what happens when a grouping of objects begin to talk to each other. Does it change their meaning?

This was the genesis of Interplay, an exhibition where a number of artists have been invited to submit an installation or grouping of objects. An already important element within Derek Wilson’s practice is his interest in collections and groupings, ‘an inherent and natural way for historical ceramic collections to be displayed in a museum or gallery’. For Jack Doherty, the shape of the grouping describes the parameters of the kiln and his Harbouring Vessels, ‘considers a group of objects and how they have been positioned to interact within this physical environment’. However for Liam Flynn who has always worked on individual pieces, the suite of bowls in this exhibition has given him the opportunity to explore how pieces relate to each other. Interplay opens at SO Fine Art Editions on Thursday September 11th and runs until October 17th


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Frances McDonald