‘Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculpture to discover it’. Michelangelo
More postdigital ruminations.
Designer Gareth Neal combines traditional techniques and forms with modern technology. Neal’s work engages with his own personnel research (at Brighton University) into traditional processes and digital manufacture, with designs that engage with the tacit qualities embedded within the materials, processes, and function. Carved / milled with a CNC machine the Queen Anne-style console ‘sits’ within it’s digitally rendered case. It is as if Neal’s chair has been teleported from the Star ship Enterprise. Neal’s Anne Chair image resembles the re-materialization status of an object in teleport where both matter and information momentarily coexist. A large amount of Neal’s furniture design’s are achieved through a combination of computer-controlled machinery and hand-carving techniques which see history, traditional craft, and contemporary design merge.