Partner Programme

18, 20   —    25 Sep 2021

Interiors & Furniture, Multi-Disciplinary Design

Carpenters Workshop Gallery

4 Albemarle Street



Carpenters Workshop Gallery presents Stone & Steel, a new collection of 10 works by South-Korean artist Wonmin Park, as part of London Design Festival. The collection presents a continuation from his previous series Plain Cuts, and is shaped by the artist’s use of volcanic rock and industrial sheets of steel.

Wonmin is intrigued that every stone is unique, the product of a geological accident millennia ago. He brings this internal history to his work, as evidence of forms and processes greater than himself and his art. Loïc Le Gaillard, co-founder of Carpenters Workshop Gallery, comments: “This exhibition at Carpenters signals the growth of Wonmin Park’s work. At the heart of Stone & Steel is Wonmin’s need to explore the full nature of his materials through their various changes of state as he works and processes them.” Wonmin’s practice is rooted in Korean and Pan-Asian Aesthetics, which he defines as embracing irregularity, naturalistic simplicity and a disinterest of controlling each aspect of the work. Korean Minimalism, which developed in the 1970s, married human skill with the many imperfections seen in nature, and Wonmin continues this symbiosis in his work. The stones used in Stone & Steel are the same as those used by seminal artist Isamu Noguchi, but Wonmin stops short of considering this an homage to the American master. The reference is a material one, not aesthetic, and denotes a continuation of process and tradition that stretches far beyond Noguchi’s practice, since the stone has been mined in Japan for centuries.