Categories Design, NewsPosted on

London Craft Week – Process is Queen: the work of Adi Toch at Contemporary Applied Arts

Anyone in need of uplifting should repair immediately to Contemporary Applied Arts in Southwark Street and see not only rigorously curated and breathtaking objects and jewellery, but also (and especially) the outstanding work of Adi Toch, whose exhibition Echoes of Process occupies part of the CAA gallery/retail space. It’s on until the 9th June.

Not a thing is wasted in Adi’s process as a maker. Adi’s exquisite bowls are the obvious end result, but she has also evoked aesthetic meaning and beauty from the things that traditionally are discarded at the end of the creative journey. So, the latex gloves are preserved with precious metallic dust, as are the pieces of sandpaper (some cleverly wrought into brooches). Burnished with metal they resemble snakeskin. The supports that Adi used to hold the bowls are also displayed, like silhouettes or ghosts of the original objects. Reminding the viewer that the bowls start life as a flat sheet, an outline edge of a bowl adorns one wall, the negative to the bowl’s positive. The cut-off edges of the bowls are draped over a steel armature, a record of the time it took to create them. You can even listen to the sanding process on a loop, which SEEN found quite hypnotic.

There’s a masterclass with Adi on Saturday 12th may from 11AM – 1PM. Contact the CAA on 020 7620 0086 to book.

It’s a deeply satisfying body of work and one that marks Adi Toch as a metalsmith whose ideas around process and sustainability are forward-thinking, blurring the boundaries between art and craft. A triumph.

Contemporary Applied Arts
89 Southwark Street

Seen this week

Categories Music, NewsPosted on

The White Tiger Roars: KVLT

SEEN came to hear White Tiger on Facebook. His fabulously atmospheric synthwave music has already been snapped up for music videos. Hailing from Liverpool, SEEN, for one is keen to hear him in the capital… We caught up with him recently after the release of new album KVLT. SEEN: Congratulations on KVLT! How long did …

Categories Food&DrinkPosted on

1980s New York comes to Paddington Central: Huckster

Paddington Central is fast becoming a destination for all sorts of reasons, not least the food and drink. Inspired by the late 1980’s lower Manhattan street scene, Huckster will recreate the bustle of an urban street market where diners can choose from a selection of New York street food and beverage brands. This will include …

Categories Food&DrinkPosted on

Bowling Bird: Hidden Gems of London – SEEN reviews

If there’s one thing about her job that SEEN really values, it’s the opportunity to go to parts of London that seem special and almost a best-kept secret. One such area is Smithfields, not far from Barbican and Blackfriars and currently undergoing huge changes as new housing appears and crossrail development ratchets up a gear. …

Categories NewsPosted on

Yee-har! Wild West Cocktail Bar Moonshine Saloon to open

Fun fact pardners… SEEN is distantly related to the old gunslinger Wyatt Earp, no less, thus it is that we shall be moseying on down the King’s Road to check out the Moonshine Saloon, an immersive cocktail experience from the team behind BYOB bar concept Alcotraz: Inventive Productions. Initially open for a 4-month run, but …

Categories DesignPosted on

New Wave Clay: Ceramic Design, Art and Architecture by Tom Morris – SEEN Reviews

This lavishly photographed book is very seductive. The ceramics herein are beautiful, strange, monumental, quirky or minimalist but having drawn the reader in, the book asks the pertinent question: are art and craft completely separate in their aesthetic and cultural sensibilities? Why does the word ‘potter’ conjure up thoughts of whimsy and low-cultural activity? Grayson …

Categories ArtPosted on

Photography On a Postcard at Photo London

Can there be any more perfect size for an artwork than a postcard? SEEN certainly thinks there’s a perfection to the format. With works from Bruce Gilden, Mark Power, David Hoffman, Dougie Wallace, Maggie Taylor, Karine Laval, Nick Brandt, Alison Jackson, David Titlow and Laura Pannack, there was sure to be something to entice everyone …