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Designer: David Gates
Represented by: Sarah Myerscough Gallery
Vitreous enamel on steel panels: Helen Carnac
Wood Supplier: WL West, English Woodlands Timber, Timberline
Wood Species: British elm, ash and cedar of Lebanon, American birds eye maple

GYC#1 is a collectors’ cabinet inspired by David Gates’ interest in industrial and agricultural architecture and infrastructure. GYC#1 is the first piece in the series to be finished completely in black and is closely related to the landscape of the Thames Estuary. The final aesthetic of the piece is achieved with various amounts of scorching and pigment. Using a variety of techniques, the wood’s surface is a mixture of smooth and rough textures, creating a range of subtly varying textures unified by the darkened surface. Despite seemingly chaotic, the piece is made using precise traditional techniques.