Cavaliero Finn at The London Art Fair
January 22nd – 26th 2020
Business Design Centre, Islington
Cavaliero Finn is delighted to present the work of two artists, Jacy Wall and Björk Haraldsdóttir as part of Threading Forms – a specially curated exhibition at Platform, part of the London Art Fair 2020.
Living within a mile of each other on the borders of Somerset and Dorset, there is a beautiful dialogue between both Björk and Jacy’s work as they seek to deconstruct pattern and structure through different media.
Cavaliero Finn will be presenting a selection of both artists’ work at stand G45 at The London Art Fair.
Jacy Wall’s woven and cut tapestries speak of concealment, referencing the past when garments were meticulously repaired after becoming worn. Tapestry has a long tradition in history, and Jacy subverts the process, picking it apart to create her wall pieces.
After completing her degree in constructed textiles, she quickly moved into making one-off woven tapestries and has been weaving since, completing a big commission of three large wall hangings for the NMB Bank headquarters in Amsterdam.
Exploring tapestry as a medium, her work interrogates the nature of textiles as she deconstructs and plays with pattern structure and surface quality. Interventions such as stitching, patching, and darning imply instability and fragility, reflecting on a long-time interest in the theme of mending.
Also trained as a printmaker, the process feeds into Jacy’s work creating a conversation between weaving and drawing, yarn and paper, combining both skills to produce distinctive works that are minimal, yet intricate. Sometimes when she’s not completely happy with a work the artist deconstructs it using scissors and pieces it together again, editing and adding until it feels like it has something more to say. The means by which it is remade becomes integral to the piece.
This process led to Jacy initiating a major project, ‘The Nature of Mending’ in 2012 in which she and four other artists explored aspects of the beauty of imperfection, instability, and fragility, celebrating regeneration as well as the stories told by damage. In 1994 Jacy Wall became a Trustee of the Theo Moorman Trust for Weavers.
Originally from Iceland, Björk Haraldsdóttir’s ceramic vessels explore the conversation between the pseudo perfection of geometric pattern and the tactile impurity of hand modelled clay. In each vessel she deliberately creates warped planes through careful pattern cutting and jointing of would be flat slabs of clay so her vessels become slightly off-kilter, beguiling the viewer. The strong geometric patterning and both natural and architectural forms that make her work instantly recognisable is heavily influenced by her past. She graduated with Masters in Architecture from The Mackintosh School of Architecture (Glasgow School of Art) in 1991 and has worked for various high-profile Architects including Richard Rogers.
In the last few years, Björk has combined Architecture with Ceramics but lately has focused exclusively on her art. Architectonic forms as well as organic features strongly in her work. In her pattern making, Björk takes inspiration from ancient Celtic and Viking crafts such as stitching patterns and wood-carvings.
In November 2019 Björk was awarded the John Hubbard Prize at the Marshwood Arts Awards, having been previously selected by artist and furniture designer, John Makepeace OBE as winner of the Applied Arts Prize at The Marshwood Arts Awards 2017. In 2018 her work was selected for the RA Summer Exhibition coordinated by Grayson Perry.