Tuesday, May 24

Collect 2011, Saatchi Gallery, London

This month I visited Collect 2011 at Saachi Gallery, and what a treat it was. Please find within this blog some things that I found to be lovely and
interesting, though it is heavily edited as there were so many beautiful things!

Henk Wolvers, uses porcelain slip to draw and construct craft objects. Including hundreds of tiny shards of slip embedded into a wall, creating a bizarre, and fragile three dimensional wall covering. Beneath this sat objects that had been constructed from fine dribbles of slip into strange architectural objects. (1)

My favourite and now belonging to the V&A were a set of long 'pours' named 'Lines' (2)that sat an inch from the wall seemingly floating, and looking, well, impossible at Terra Gallery.

Over at Clare Beck at Adrian Sassoon, Natasha Daintry (3)was featured prominently, a sea of multicoloured vessels greeted you as you walked towards the space. These pieces were lovely, and pleasing, cute but strong when grouped together in their hundreds!

Finally watching Rosa Nguyen assembling ceramics, glass, twigs and flowers onto two walls was a great experience. Nguyen created arrangements influenced by the art of Ikebana, the symbolic practice of flower arranging and display. (4 & 5) It was great to see some creating at the show, in the new Project Space. I feel that it is important that Collect includes a little making in the show as makers are at its heart and the process of making, individual to each artist should be valued.

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