LONDON GEODES: The Beauty Inside

12 October – 15 December 2017, London 

Ventique is pleased to present the current exhibition ‘London Geodes: The Beauty Inside’ featuring work by artist Matt Marga. The exhibition explores the contrast between the nondescript stone exterior of geodes and the hidden secrets within; quartz crystals, agate or amethyst. This desire to extract beauty references Marga’s ambition to unearth the hidden beauty within us; referencing how the cover of a book does not always reveal its contents. In the exhibition, he explores these ideas through sculpture; the outer surface of the geode rock is reimagined and recreated in metal with a crack cutting through, revealing shimmering hand-cut, individually placed crystals within. Each London Geode takes its name from a London street; the sparkling crystal mapping out the geometric urban landscape while also highlighting the city’s impact on Marga’s practice.

The exhibition runs from 12th October – 15th December 2017

Monday – Friday: 9.30-17.30,  Sunday 11.00-17.00 and other times by appointment

Saffron Interior Arts: Alexander Lamont   

June 2017 – September 2017, London

Saffron Interior Arts represents an eclectic group of interior artists who create contemporary bespoke pieces of furniture and accessories, including textiles, glass and lighting, for both residential and commercial projects. Saffron’s artists are hand selected by Artistic Director Caroline Shamash to provide a wide range of options and the highest of quality for their clients. Clients are given the rare opportunity to be part of a unique creative process, collaborating with world-class interior artists to create exclusive bespoke works of art.

Over the next few months, the gallery will  be hosting an exhibition by Alexander Lamont. Inspired by the luminous decorative arts of Europe and Japan during the early twentieth century, Alexander Lamont’s collections of furniture, lighting and accessories are an expression of his dedication to meticulous workmanship, rare materials and an aesthetic taste refined by a life lived between East and West. Long forgotten, hard-won and highly prized skills are evident on every piece, whether surfaced by translucent raw shagreen, slivers of straw marquetry, rich black natural lacquer or hand patinated bronze. By reviving the precious traditions of the past in his own workshops and applying the luxuries of time and skill to elegant and contemporary designs, Lamont creates elements of vitality that dwell in the margin between art and furniture.

Giò Pomodoro

2 February 2017 – 19 May 2017, London

The sculptural approach of this Italian artist fluidly moves back and forth between avant-garde jewels and freestanding pieces. His emblematic style in the brooches, earrings and necklaces is later reflected in the public sculptures he will be commissioned in his late career. The way he plays with surfaces and matter, in an intersection of solid elements and void, gives the composition a personal meaning that goes beyond the geometrical ploy.