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Collect Art Fair 2017: The Responsive Vessels of Adi Toch

SEEN was very heartened by the extraordinary work on display at this year’s Collect Art Fair, taking place at the Saatchi Gallery until Monday 6th February. Wandering around, SEEN’s eye was caught at once by the beautiful Responsive Vessels of Adi Toch. Her experimental display was developed in collaboration with sound specialists John Henry’s Ltd, was developed for Collect Spotlight and is presented by Contemporary Applied Arts Gallery.

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The installation of ten vessels on stilts explores the relationship between the spectator and a potentially sentient object through a sensitive and surprising interaction. The viewers are encouraged to speak or even sing – in order to trigger the vessels’ reaction through gentle movement and sound. It suggests a playful interpretation of museum displays, an experience that is an antidote to the traditionally hushed gallery environment. SEEN felt that the Vessels were mythic on their tripod stlits (harking back to early Roman and Greek eras) ready to receive offerings of speech and song.

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Visually, the effect is one of observing a delicate herd of animals. Their vibration does indeed make them seem sentient. The Vessels come in gold, silver and a lovely patinated aquamarine blue with small spouts, almost mouth-like, so the Vessels can certainly be used as such. Unusual and eminently collectible, SEEN recommends that you see them (and speak or sing to them) while you can.

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Saatchi Gallery
Duke of York’s HQ
King’s Road
London
SW3 4RY

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Sculpture in the City, Art for Everyone

SEEN thoroughly enjoyed a preview of the 18 new artworks around the financial district’s square mile. Set up by The City of London in 2010, this excellent initiative expands its footprint every year, improving the area and proving that when people are happy, they work better.

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Alex Evans at the Foundry Gallery, Chelsea Quarter: LDF17

The astute reader will have noticed that SEEN loves art about London. There are many artists in this city who draw (pun intended) their inspiration from it, none more so than Alex Evans whose fractal renderings hint at the entropic nature of urban life and perhaps also our anxieties and isolation in the 21st century. His latest exhibition ‘Invisible Systems’ can be seen at the Foundry Gallery, tucked away off the King’s Road until 26th October.