Object & Thing is managed by Madoo Conservancy

Object & Thing is managed by Madoo Conservancy

Object & Thing’s most recent immersive exhibition showcases the work of textile artist Megumi Shauna Arai and ceramics worker Frances Palmer at the Madoo Conservancy site (until June 25, 2022)

Since its launch in 2019, the curating platform Object & Thing has continued to advance the ways we view art and design, not least through engaging site-specific installations in design heritage sites, such as Elliot Noyes’ house And the Gerald Los’s house, which served as a balm during times of epidemic, in particular. This year, the Abby Bangser Foundation’s latest project has highlighted two practices; textile artist Megumi Shona Arai and world of pottery Frances Palmer, who will be showing new collections of work at the Madoo Conservancy, the former summer home and studio of writer, artist, and poet Robert Dash (on display until June 25, 2022).

Located in Sagaponack on Long Island, the house is particularly known for its horticultural and diverse variety gardenand stands as a tribute to Dash’s work, imagination, and green thumb.

Object & Thing at Madoo Conservancy

Madoo’s red living room with installation of wooden utensils by Frances Palmer as part of the exhibition Object & Thing

I have long known about Mado as a magical garden and wonderfully preserved historic home of Robert Dash. However, I finally got to do it for the first time last spring with my family when we were looking for more outdoor places to visit during the pandemic,” Bangsser recalls. As we did in the former home of five Harvard architect and industrial designer Elliot Noyes in New Canaan, Connecticut, and in Osining, New York, the former home of Gerald Luce, known as the interior designer of the Time Life Building in 1959, we are able to offer a new look to the home Historic by bringing the visions of contemporary artists and designers into dialogue in these spaces carefully considered by their previous owners. I was looking for another of these special places in a new area that was still connected to the NYC community.

Set within the intimate setting of the Madoo Conservancy, the touch in Arai’s and Palmer’s work is of high quality. Palmer’s wood-burning pots and brightly colored glazes have a presence of their own as they are installed in Dash’s red living room, while Arai’s naturally-dyed, hand-stitched textiles respond to Dash’s hair in their calligraphic-style seams—and also a nod to Japanese poet Mitsui Aida. , has a major effect.

Kami Chase And the Getty Doo by Megumi Shauna Arai, and a wall installation of wooden utensils by Frances Palmer on the walls of Madoo’s Summer Studio for the Object & Thing exhibition

“Arai and Palmer’s materials and practices are both deeply informed by the natural world, and floral materials in particular – so seeing their work in dialogue with Madhu was immediately of interest,” Bangser adds. Both artists are highly dedicated to research, processes, and materials in the making of their work. The natural dyes used by Arai are often used at home in a garden environment.

She dyed cotton and linen fabrics with up to ten basins of dye per piece, and much of this material comes from trees and flowers such as walnut, cosmos, and marigold. Noreen [fabric dividers] Hanging from the beams of the summer studio hangs from the boughs of berries harvested from Mado’s gardens this spring.

Madoo’s red living room with a wood-burning vase designed by Frances Palmer as part of the Object & Thing exhibition

Likewise, Palmer carefully considered Madoo’s bold colors in working the glazes for her utensils. Oribe and cobalt motifs are especially found in the home on Madoo. Throughout the show, the vases will feature flowers from either Madoo Gardens or Palmer’s Private Garden in Connecticut. Each Palmers wares are fired on their own oven, using the wood found on their property.

Bangser concludes, “I saw Mado as an opportunity, given the size of the summer studio space, to present a more focused exhibition with these two artists and allow a more in-depth look at their practices. I was excited to present the work of two artists from different generations who are inspired by nature and uniquely dedicated to the manufacturing process.” §

Wood-fired table by Frances Palmer and Hoshi Tempo By Megumi Shauna Arai at Madoo’s summer studio for the Object & Thing exhibition

Frances Palmer wooden crockery in the red living room

Wood-burning pots by Frances Palmer on the center tables of the Object & Thing exhibition at Madoo’s Summer Studio

A white, Cycladic-inspired firewood-inspired stone vase with Tenmoku, nuka, and kaki glass by Frances Palmer, mounted on a wall in Madoo’s summer studio for the Object & Thing exhibition,