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Michael Eden: Form & Transform

25 May – 21 Oct 2018, Wed-Sun


Coach House gallery
Free with grounds admission
This is a past exhibition

A new exhibition at the Coach House Gallery showcases specially commissioned work by Michael Eden, with a difference. Using the collections as inspiration, and working from 3D scans, he has made digitally printed pieces that draw on historic objects, re-imagined for today. Free with grounds entry.

For this ambitious exhibition Michael Eden has created new pieces responding to objects from Waddesdon’s collections, displaying them in a theatrical setting in the Coach House Gallery at the Stables.  These unique pieces are the result of technical innovation combined with extraordinary levels of skill using revolutionary tools and pushing materials and digital technology to their extremes. He describes how he has appropriated digital manufacturing processes: ‘Three-dimensional printing has given me the freedom to create works of art impossible with the wheel and clay’.

© Waddesdon Manor/ Michael Eden, Image courtesy of Adrian Sassoon, London

The new work makes connections that span time and cultures and explores the relationship between different periods of design and architectural style.  Eden draws inspiration from the long tradition of materials being used to imitate other materials, and the abundance of ornamentation characteristic of Waddesdon’s 18th-century collections and 19th-century architecture.

Eden also uses imagery derived from modern scanners and microscopy in a contemporary take on pattern and surface treatment, for example the vermiculé or worm-like design applied to Sèvres porcelain. In the Form & Transform exhibition Eden presents his pieces amongst the objects and furniture from the Manor and its stores, reflecting different periods and styles that have inspired them.

The exhibition presented in association with, Adrian Sassoon, London.

Michael Eden has worked in collaboration with Scan the World, digitally scanning objects from Waddesdon’s collections. Scan the World is a social platform with a mission to archive objects of cultural significance using 3D technologies.

Curator:  Mia Jackson, Rothschild Collections, Waddesdon Manor

Michael Eden is represented by Adrian Sassoon, London

Read Michael Eden’s account of the story behind ‘Form & Transform’ with this Journal18 article>

2018 Carpet Bedding Design

Pixelated design for the 2018 carpet bedding scheme

In addition, as artist in residence, Michael Eden has been invited to design the carpet bedding for Waddesdon’s annual Parterre display. His treatment, a pixelated interpretation of the Manor’s south facade, connects this formal Victorian garden with the exhibition through his unconventional application of digital technology.

Watch a short animated film showing how we create a picture in plants>


Exhibition Tour: Michael Eden

Fri 7 Sept 2018

Join Michael Eden and curator Mia Jackson for a chance to look closely at the exhibition and inspiration behind the works.

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