On Sunday Brig and I headed to the Saatchi Gallery for this year’s Collect exhibition. Organised by The Crafts Council, Collect – The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects – aims to brings together museum-quality from international galleries and selected Project Space artists. It’s always a glorious mix of the unexpected, from ceramics to art jewellery, silverware to paper cuts.
Here are a few of the pieces that caught my eye:
Jung Hong Park uses the technique of sang-gam (inlay work) to create his signature lines in the ceramic works. He inlays the lines with diamond blades and coats a thin layer of colour pigment; then polishes the whole object again to create a smooth pebble-like texture. His delicate and exact lines are all all hand made, although they are often mistaken for manufactured.
To the left, contemporary glass following the original form of its contents, the collected remains of a 17th C Japanese Arita ewer, set on a walnut base. To the right, the collected remains of an 18th C Dutch Delft jug, set on a padouk base.
With pieces in the V&A, and well known in Japan, Fujikake is known for his biomorphic porcelain sculptures. Most impressive of all is that his work is entirely hand built – porcelain is extremely difficult to manipulate by free-hand.
At Galerie Rosemarie Jager: Ja-Kyung Shin