The 15th edition of Collect, presented by the Crafts Council UK, was held at London’s famous Saatchi Gallery from February 8th through March 3rd, 2019. Much like Collect 2018, Collect 2019 provided an opportunity to discover and invest in exceptional work — much of which was made exclusively for the fair.
This year’s show brought together 45 international galleries from across the globe, each curating their own displays to sell work made in the last five years by the world’s leading contemporary artists and designers. Alongside the galleries, Collect Open provides a platform for 15 individual artists to show ambitious and conceptual craft-led installations.
Contributor Fiona Coleman attended Collect 2019 for THE KINDCRAFT and selected ten notable artists across both shows for her round-up.
Bullseye Projects: Joshua Kerley
Based in Portland, Oregon, Bullesye Projects explores contemporary glass with makers and designers. Joshua Kerley, one artist shown at Collect 2019, specializes in kiln-formed glass and mixed media. Kerley roots his practice in experimentation and engagement with materials and processes. Taking inspiration from architecture, interiors, and construction, his assemblages exploit the metamorphic capabilities of glass — paying particular attention to the junctions between adjoining components and the transition from one material to another. Through the playful juxtaposition of glass with other media, he strives to challenge perceptions of materials and their inherent hierarchies.