COLLECT contemporary craft Fair 2013

Posted on May 30, 2013 by Toothpicker There have been 0 comments

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Top right: "Double bowl" by Momoko Kumai; Main; Top left & main: Metal work by Junko Mori

 

After three months in Asia, I finally returned back to London... and in time to visit COLLECT: The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects at the Saatchi gallery. With 32 international galleries taking part, it was a great opportunity to see works by contemporary artists and craftsmen including Art Fund winners.

 

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Top left: Ceramic sculptures by Merete Rasmussen ( Art Fund winner); Top right: Daniel Widrig in Project Space; Bottom left: "Forms in succession" by Nagae Shigekazu ( Art Fund winner)

 

The highlight of the fair was Project Space on the second floor featuring installations by 11 different artists. The most eye-catching installation in the first room was Laura Ellen Bacon’s "In the Thick of It: A Woven Space" ( see below). The life-size pieces are like architectural structures, yet very organic and raw.

Nearby, there were also a range of objects that have been 'repaired' in Paulo Goldstein's "Repair is Beautiful" series including an almost unrecognisable iPod! And right opposite was a cool installation of 3D printed sculptures by London-based Daniel Widrig.

 

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Top left: Laura Ellen Bacon's "In the Thick of It: A Woven Space" in Project Space; Top right: Michael Peterson's wooden sculpture; Middle left: "Repair is Beautiful" by Paulo Goldstein; Middle middle: James Maskrey; Middle right: Pelicano & Saltamontes in Project Space; Bottom left: Peter Marigold's Dodai bench; Bottom right: Koji Hatakeyama

 

Besides the Project Space, there were plenty of interesting work to be found. I particularly liked the delicate metal work by Junko Mori, the organic and poetic wood sculptures by American artist, Michael Peterson, the bold and colourful ceramic sculptures by Danish artist, Merete Rasmussen, and the minimal yet powerful sculptures by the leading Japanese porcelain artist, Nagae Shigekazu.

 

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Top right: Anna Barlow; Bottom right: 'Hyper Activity: Scenes From An Other Reality' by John Rainey in Project Space

 

In recent years, crafts have made a comeback and as seen at the show there are still many beautiful and skillful work being made by artists and craftsmen around the world. I think this year's show has been the most compelling I have seen so far, so I look forward to the show next year!

 

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Middle left: Thérèse Lebrun; Middle right: Christian Burchard; Bottom left: Hugo Meert; Bottom right: Matthew Chambers

 

 


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