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Extracts of work for Clad by Matthew Raw. Photography by Marina Castagna.
13th April 2017

Raw and Ragged: Clad exhibition opens 4 May

The Ragged School Museum, perched on the banks of Regent’s Canal, has witnessed almost two centuries of change in East London, as a succession of communities have come and gone, each leaving their own traces on the urban landscape. Even the museum buildings themselves have evolved over the decades: warehouse to schoolhouse, factory to museum. There can therefore be few more appropriate settings to host the artist Matthew Raw’s first solo show, Clad – a study of urban evolution, and the migrant populations that drive it, in sculptural ceramic tiles.

For 10 days from 4–14 May, Matthew will be displaying eight specially created artworks in clay, terracotta and earthenware tiles. Each piece is a response to the concept of the urban grid – the framework of streets, buildings, paving stones and indeed tiles, that shapes the cities around us   and the ways in which those grids are transformed by the movement of people over time.

The eight works vary in scale and form. Individual Motives, is composed of large, hand-rolled tiles
featuring details of etchings found in Dr Barnado’s Night & Day journal, published at the time he founded the Ragged School. Another piece, Panel Discussion comprises four three-dimensional tiles inspired by a 15th-century Italian shrine and featuring a quote from Victorian journalist Henry Mayhew in hand formed clay lettering. Fearful Symmetry directly addresses the issue of who creates urban grids, while Top Table explores the connections between empire and exploitation.

Extract from 'In/Out' by Matthew Raw. Photography by Marina Castagna.
Before the exhibition opens, Matthew Raw will be transporting the works from his studio in Hoxton to the Ragged School Museum by a converted barge along Regent’s Canal. This unusual journey represents a link to the history of Raw’s craft – Britain’s father of industrial ceramics, Josiah Wedgwood, was instrumental in the development of Britain’s canals as they were the safest means of transporting his pottery. The canal trip also celebrates the physical connection between the studio and the museum – a 2.5-hour voyage through the East London landscape whose changing face has inspired and influenced both the exhibition and the venue hosting it.

For more information about Clad or Matthew Raw please contact jodi@zetteler.co.uk
Extract from 'Panel Discussion' by Matthew Raw. Photography by Marina Castagna.
Extract from 'Flex' by Matthew Raw. Photography by Marina Castagna.
Extract from 'The Inscription Remains Forever' by Matthew Raw. Photography by Marina Castagna.
Extract from 'Individual Motives' by Matthew Raw. Photography by Marina Castagna.
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