Young Masters at COLLECT: Focus on Kevin Callaghan
Continuing our series of interviews with our COLLECT artists, Kevin Callaghan gives us his latest update on new work, new projects and why he is looking forward to showing at COLLECT 2015…
Can you tell us about the work you are making for COLLECT?
I am working exclusively with beautiful black matt clay for this year’s COLLECT. I will continue to work in a geometric nature, allowing me to re-visit ideas from the last few years. All the objects will be hand-build in components, with the departure point for the pieces based around the geometry of the triangle. The objects will be fired once to 1220 degrees.
What is the main inspiration for the work?
Different aspects of contemporary art practices influence my work, with interests in science and Utopian philosophy. I always look for a means to portray the idea “travel” that exists outside the perceptions of the greater world around us. I work with simple mathematical forms in a spontaneous nature and build up a language that attempts to question order and chaos. The works lends itself to the feeling of freezing molecular structures in time for a moment, as if floating in space.
Have you shown at COLLECT before?
I showed my work at COLLECT in 2014
What is it about showing at COLLECT this year that most excites you?
I am excited to be showing this year with The Cynthia Corbett Gallery. The high standard of work from fellow exhibitors from the Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize shortlist at COLLECT this year with be both interesting and exciting. It’s fulfilling to create new works, which is always challenging for me. A high profile show of this kind can always lead to exciting projects and further exposure with is much needed in the challenging creative climate.
What other projects are you working on?
As well as showing at COLLECT, I am exhibiting at the Victoria and Albert Museum, with Unknown Fields as part of “What is Luxury” exhibition, taking place from 25th April to the 16th of September 2015. I also am exhibiting with the Craft and Design Council of Ireland’s “Fresh Talent” TBA, having been chosen for the Craft and Design Council of Ireland’s wider portfolio programme for 2015/16.
The Cynthia Corbett Gallery is showing a curated selection of new ceramic works by artists who featured in the inaugural 2014 Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize, including overall winner Matt Smith, highly commended artists Jongjin Park and Zemer Peled, shortlisted artists Jo Taylor, Kevin Callaghan and Christabel Birbeck, and Guest Artist Chris Antemann.
COLLECT is the International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects, featuring 35 International Galleries showing world-class, museum-quality contemporary craft. The Fair takes place at the Saatchi Gallery, London, from 8 – 11 May.