Vessel Gallery is proud to present its latest
exhibition, even if it means the directors
will have to eat their own words!
Unprecedented in its seven year history Vessel will be dedicating
its gallery space
to the most beautiful, endearing menagerie of animal figurines
in various materials,
from artists globally respected to some exciting discoveries.
From the CONCEPTUAL stable come unique and challenging pieces,
Hella Jongerius for example. Are her figurines of fawns & hippos
attached to bowls ‘wearing’ delicate patterned coats
exquisite or just highly kitsch? Is Marcel
Wanders’ One Minute
Sculpture that costs £1000 a joke or a spontaneous outpouring
of creativity from an increasingly collectible artist? Vessel will
also be revealing Spaniard
Jaime Hayon and his handsome pig sculptures, showcasing his ‘Mediterranean
Digital Baroque’ style, and Swede Bodil
ingenious re-incarnation of the loyal children’s teddy into
an appropriate adult memento.
The AESTHETIC side of figurines will be given full viewing, most
with American potter par excellence Jonathan
Adler, whose work
will be making
a welcome return to Vessel since his solo show 5 years ago. His
giant white bird shaped bowls, and retro inspired animal sculptures
will find the perfect place to nest next to the original Fifties
figurines of Italian firm Bitossi, once again re-launched in
a limited edition exclusively for Vessel. Idiosyncratic designer
Oiva Toikka from Finland will also be represented by his adored
and ever expanding repertoire of glass birds, whose streamlined
visions cannot fail but draw your eye to them.
Finally CLASSICAL figurines in their most pure and life like forms
will be on dislplay, lovingly made in the same way as they were
250 years ago at Nymphenburg Porcelain Manufactory. Rising star
Czech designer Maxim Velcovsky has also been enchanted by traditional
forms, literallly adding value to his pieces by converting them
to piggy banks.
So although Nadia & Angel, the owners of Vessel, never thought
that dust gatherers would grace the entrance to their door, they
are happy to admit their change of heart
and revel in their sensitive side!