One of the major events on my calendar has been to visit COLLECT, the annual international contemporary craft fair held at the Saatchi gallery.
Held over 4 days and encompassing the entire gallery's 3 floors, it was quite the overwhelming experience.
I wish i could say that i spent an entire day slowly perusing the stands, carefully inspecting piece ofter piece, but after a good hour or so, it all got a bit much. Jewellers and jewellery, objects and installations began to merge into a foggy blur as i started to spill over with visual information. I picked up the pace and began to scan the stands discerningly for stand out works that forced me to stop and take a closer look. Some of these artists included:
Tobias Alm from Galerie Rob Koudijs
Mirjam Hiller, Julie Blyfield (Aust), Catherine Truman (Aust), from Galerie Ra
Lina Peterson from Lesley Craze
Michelle Taylor (Aust), Alternatives Gallery
(sorry no pics from the showcases)
And yes, amongst 3 massive floors of international stands, quite a few of my favourite artists on show were ozzies!
Overall a fantastic survey of international contemporary jeweller and object. Personally i found a large portion of the work underwhelming, but that only helped to highlight the real stand outs.
Gallery collections as a whole, my favourites would have to have been, Galleries Ra (Netherlands), Marzee (Germany), Alternatives (Italy). Obvious choices i know, but they where my real hero moments.