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Gianluca Longo Presents Vases and Vessels at David Gill Gallery 

SEEN often ponders the perfection of vessels; the marriage as it were, of form and function. We were pleased to hear that from 22nd November – 05th December 2017 David Gill Gallery will host Vases and Vessels curated by Gianluca Longo.

 “Following the success of last year’s ‘Young Bright Things’, we absolutely cannot wait to see what Gianluca Longo has in store for this new exhibition. His fascination with vases, especially glass and Venetian majolica vases, will result in a vibrant showcase of some of the most talented contemporary artists bringing back to life this ancient art form. – Francis Sultana, CEO David Gill Gallery

The show will celebrate the diversity and talent in the contemporary decorative arts scene through an exquisite selection of works by artists, including Kate Malone, Beth Katleman, Tommaso Corvi-Mora, Tancredi di Carcaci, Tino Seubert, Felicity Aylieff, Cody Hoyt, Lena Peters and Marcantonio Brandolini d’Adda. Vases & Vessels will present a rare opportunity to discover in one place an array of influences, materials and styles from around the world, from fruit-shaped vases to colourful, geometric forms incorporating terrazzo, exotic motifs and monumental pots influenced by traditional Chinese processes.

Kate Malone Bubbling Magma Mountain
Tommaso Corvi-Mora Ceramics

“I have always been obsessed with vases, especially decorative vases because they can be highly decorative as well as functional. They are like sculptures, but are more versatile in that they can transform tremendously depending on the flowers you choose. At Vases & Vessels, there will be the best examples of contemporary Venetian glassware today and ceramics from both established and younger artists.” – Gianluca Longo

New works commissioned for the show include two intricate, porcelain works: ‘Untilted’ (Vase with Cherubs) sculpture by Beth Katleman in collaboration with Todd Merrill Studio, whose works can be found in Dior’s flagship New Bond Street store, and a dish by Tancredi di Carcaci, a young ceramicist who takes inspiration from Eighteenth-century Baroque decorations.

Further exhibition highlights include a new edition of Narcissus vases by product designer Tino Seubert, combining coloured terrazzo, smoked Parsol glass and polished stainless steel, and a new collection of hand-built vessels made from inlaid pieces of hand-coloured clay by Brooklyn-based Cody Hoyt, whose distinctive works blend geometric form with function.

Represented by Adrian Sassoon, Kate Malone presents five pieces of Crystalline-glazed stoneware, including ‘Bubbling Magma Mountain’ and ‘A Summer Rain Atomic Bottle’, while Felicity Aylieff brings large-scale, hand-painted pots deeply rooted in Chinese processes.

Marcantonio Brandolini D’Adda ‘Unknown 8’ (2016)

Contemporary glassware, including Domitilla Harding’s new ‘Madre’ vase with black and white pierced dots and hand-blown Murano glass pieces by Marcantonio Brandolini d’Adda, will contrast with earthy stoneware courtesy of Central Saint Martin’s graduate Lena Peters, who incorporates mythology and folklore into her illustrative work, and a collection of rarely exhibited hand-made vases by gallerist Tommaso Corvi-Mora, titled ‘Crossed-out pots’.

Domitilla Harding – ‘Fermo Restando’

David Gill Gallery
2-4 King Street
St James’s


Images by Francesco Barasciutti