Architectural sculptures built from sugar cubes. Kitchen vessels fashioned from baked dough. And all exhibited (and for sale) for four days only at Sotheby’s Kiddell Gallery on London’s Bond Street. We, for one, couldn’t resist the temptation to take a closer look.
The brainchild of curator and avid collector of young design, Janice Blackburn, the show entitled ‘Small Show Huge Talent’ is one of a series of ‘new designer’ showcases that Blackburn has exhibited in the space over the past few years.
‘Whenever Sotheby’s have a free opening at the gallery they invite me to use it,’ Blackburn explains. A former employee of Charles Saatchi, consultant to Sotheby’s and curator of various shows at the Crafts Council and V&A, Blackburn has perfected her roving eye for some of the bravest and wittiest design-art around.
This show consists of nine artist/designers, all selected for their happy blending of art, craft, design and architecture, as well as their use of intriguing materials and unusual techniques.
In the mix is Brendan Jamison, who cuts and carves sugar cubes to build his architectural sculptures. Michael Petry, currently the artist in residence at Sir John Soane Museum, pours molten glass into silver-plated kitsch Victorian objects. While Italian designers, Studio Formafantasma have crafted a series of domestic pieces from flour, agricultural waste, limestone and beeswax.
Equally not to be missed is another chance to see Studio Glithero’s stunning blueware ceramics collection, first shown at the London Design Festival last month.
Next up for Blackburn at Sotheby’s, and scheduled for next May, is a showcase of graduates and alumuni from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem.