Sequence: debut solo show by Hugh McCarthy

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Sequence is the title of a debut sculptural solo show by Melbourne furniture designer maker Hugh McCarthy. The exhibition runs from May 17 to 31 at .M Contemporary in Darlinghurst, Sydney.

The artwork consists of irregularly shaped units made from oak, stacked on one another in a cohesive manner to form eleven columns. Each iteration uses shapes and techniques you would typically see in Hugh’s furniture making in a different context. These individual shapes combine in vertical sequences to create a family of objects which are in dialogue with each other, as well as the surrounding space.

What distinguishes each sculpture are the different curves, angles, voids, patterns, wood grain and the moments where components connect. The stacked and repetitive format is an opportunity for Hugh to explore tensions and harmonies that occur between units within a singular object.


Every work is hand crafted in McCarthy’s Melbourne studio, utilising traditional wood joints with natural oils and waxes selected to wear well over time. While Hugh continues his commercial and residential furniture work, the new works mark an expansion of his practice into the  realm of sculpture.

.M Contemporary is a gallery space that aims to create a cross-cultural conversation through exhibiting and supporting emerging and established artists from around the world. In particular, their focus is to foster a strong appreciation for a new generation of Australian artists and to expose them to a wide audience of both novice and established collectors.

Photos: Annika Kafcaloudis
Art direction: Both Studios

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