‘KEN STRADLING’S EYE’ – 20th century design show opens at Monnow Valley Arts, Herefordshire

Ken Stradling’s Eye – Modern Design in Britain. Monnow Valley Arts, Herefordshire

A selection of pieces from the Ken Stradling Collection in Bristol, curated by design historian Alan Powers. May 3 2014 – 29 June

Monnow Valley Arts is a relatively new gallery housed in beautifully adapted stone farm buildings surrounded on the slope of the Monnow Valley looking out onto the Black Mountains. Owner Rupert Otten has created extensive gardens which are used to display sculpture, much of which has lettering and text as a key element.  

Ken Stradling’s Eye  is the Ken Stradling Collection‘s first such external show. The selection of 92 pieces is very interesting. Working with the collection you become familiar and take some pieces fore granted. Alan’s fresh view draws attention to Ken’s sense of fun. Ken always says that he doesn’t want objects to be treated as sacred and although I understand, not planned that way, it is amusing that the handmade works by artists and designers are presented on open shelves no matter what their status or perceived value might be. In the owed gallery on the other hand glass cases contain casseroles, Hornsea teapots, stainless steel kitchenware and a plastic orange squeezer.

A Gordon Russell side table, a variety of Scandinavian and British domestic wares,
a column piece by Dan Arbeid and the living room desk from the Gane House in Bristol,
 designed by Marcel Breuer in 1935.
Ken Stradling and Rupert Otten open the show
left, Cleo Witt (Ken Stradling Collection), right, Pane (Gordon Russell Museum, Broadway), Alan Powers,
Chris Yeo (Ken Stradling Collection).
Rupert Otten shows Ken Strading and Janet Brinnand around the gardens below the gallery

Monnow Valley Arts,
Middle Hunt House,
Walterstone,
Hereford HR2 0DY.
+44 (0)1873 860529
www.monnowvalleyarts.org
Walterstone is just north of Pandy off the A465 Abergavenny to Hereford Road.

Ken Stradling Collection,
48 Park Row,
Bristol BS1 5LH.
+44 (0)117 3290566
www.stradlingcollection.org
info@stradlingcollection.org 

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