Operating across disciplines, from architecture, ceramics, design, print and typography, Giles Round’s work engages a variety of materials, processes and collaborators to address the relationship between art, design and functionality. As such the work is populated with citation and appropriation and, over the last decade, Round has built an extensive catalogue of references to early and late modernist art and design. Following the likes of the Omega Workshops Ltd (1913-18) or Memphis (1981-7), ongoing long-term projects like The Grantchester Pottery (2011-), Design Work Leisure (2015-19) and Obelisk Marbling (2018-) coopt strategies of collaboration, the day-to-day workings of a design studio and a functioning workshop, respectively, as an alternate approach to the production of objects, exhibitions and commissions.
Awarded a 4-week residency, Giles intends to both reevaluate and investigate further the architectural element of his work.
Image: Installation view: Giles Round, The Director, The Hepworth Wakefield, Yorkshire, 2018. Courtesy the artists and The Hepworth Wakefield, Yorkshire. Photography: Jules Lester