Collect 2018 – five galleries not to miss
Words Vilma Paasivaara
Collect brings together 40 galleries, spread over three floors of the Saatchi Gallery. With such an abundance of exquisite craft to see, we wanted to give you our short guide to the galleries you should not miss this weekend…
A Parisian gallery with two spaces, Dutko is known for eclectic furniture and objects from Art Deco, Modern as well as contemporary artists. They might be showing mainly sculptural work in an array of mediums, but the gallery has curated a selection with a wide range of forms. An understated papercut piece by Lauren Collin is contrasted by a futuristic sphere by Matthias Contzen. The intricate details on Yoshimi Futamura’s stoneware and porcelain pieces in deep browns, in turn, are reminiscent of nature.
This is the first year that this Oxford-based gallery is participating in Collect – and they have come in with some intriguing works by well-established artists. Showing pieces from iconic ceramicists such as Lucie Rie and Julian Stair, they have built their booth around the concept of ‘Working with’ to highlight the collaborative aspect of making practices. Just like in their regular exhibitions, visitors will be treated with not just significant ceramic work but also pieces in other mediums – like the Bowl Table in wood by Jim Partridge and Liz Walmsley.
Focusing solely on ceramics, the Milan based Officine Saffi gallery works to promote young contemporary talent alongside work from 20th-century masters. Their special attention to northern European and Japanese artists is visible in the works they’ve brought to Collect this year. Among the Nordic works that caught our eye were Mia E Göransson’s Red Archive Nature, where she has aims to reproduce a tiny collection of natural shapes, and Kati Tuominen Niittylä’s observational clam objects.
Scotland: Craft & Design
Showcasing diverse contemporary craft from Scottish makers using both traditional and novel techniques, Scotland: Craft & Design boast a line-up of 17 makers this year, with a delightful variety of work on show. There are functional works, such as Isabelle Moore’s graceful net chairs and Angus Ross’ lighting vessels, which sit perfectly next to Harry Morgan’s sculptural pieces including Enigma – in which he combines influences of Brutalist architecture with ancient Venetian glassblowing techniques.
A staple at any craft event, Sarah Myerscough gallery has set up a beautiful display of the cutting-edge international contemporary craft it represents. As usual, there are beautifully made wooden items to be discovered – from Peter Marigold’s raw Cleft cabinets to the tapering vases by Ernst Gamperl and Eleanor Lakelin’s organic vessels. You can read more about Myerscough and the journey of her gallery here.