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Exhibition visit: Collect 2022 at Somerset House

After last year’s online-only edition of Collect it was good to get back to a physical show this year. It was also refreshing to see how many artists had taken advantage of the changed circumstances of lockdown to move their work in different directions; and galleries with an established roster of artists also tried to mix things up a little.

Cube Gallery

For Cube Gallery, Jin Eui Kim had moved on from functional vessels to two purely decorative wall pieces designed to tease the eye with tricks of perspective and geometry. But Myung Nam An’s vibrantly coloured Eye series – some resembling sea anemones with their delicately waved spines – remain a constant and are always a pleasure to see.

Icheon Ceramic at Han Collection

Han Collection presented a range of ceramic wares from Icheon, and also some stunning pieces of wood furniture which we neglected to photograph. For us the square white bottles of Kim Hyun-jong, with cobalt blue decoration in the form of pine trees or lotus leaves, were maybe the most tempting (and surprisingly affordable), but the marbled celadon ware of Shin Chul and the bold mountain and cloud designed buncheong vase of Park Rae-heon came a close second. Kim So-min’s glittering wall decorations formed of tiny jewel-like ceramic flowers arranged in the shape of a moon jar or maebyeong vase made us think of a jar of colourful sweets.

Lloyd Choi Gallery

Lloyd Choi’s gallery is always a pleasure to visit, and this year was no exception. Lee So-ra’s jogakbo fabrics have always attracted admiration, and this year a focal point of Choi’s installation was a gorgeous sea-blue silk patchwork cloth which served both as room divider and dramatic backdrop for sinuous silver vessels by Cho Sung-ho on one side and ceramics by Choi Boram and Park Seo-hee on the other.

Elsewhere in her room were ceramic wall-panels by Kwak Hye-young and Park Sung-wook, mother-of-pearl vases by Kim Hyun-ju and scorched wood sculptures and furniture by Park Hong-gu. A variety of vases by Park Sung-wook were also on display, showing his versatility. But most enjoyable of all were some painted stoneware panels by Lee Geum-young – Park Sung-wook’s wife – depicting, in a charming minhwa style, peonies or the interior of a tea-room.

Cavalliero Finn

Finally, Mimi Joung for Cavalliero Finn tackled the iconic Moon Jar form in her own unique way, with forms that almost looked as if they were made of crochet. Her A Lot of Good Nights series (2022) is inspired by Richard Brautigan’s dystopian postmodern novel In Watermelon Sugar

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