‘Sequence’ is the debut exhibition of sculptures by furniture designer and maker Hugh McCarthy.

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 familiar 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.


With ten years refining his craft and aesthetic in Melbourne and Japan, Hugh designs and creates beautiful objects from wood, capturing proportion, composition, functionality, and durability.

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.

McCarthy, who is recognised for commercial and residential furniture is now embarking on a new venture developing a sculptural sector within his practice as an opportunity to explore new forms and techniques.

Represented by .M Contemporary Australia wide, McCarthy will be holding his first solo show at the gallery in May 2022.

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