Visitors to UNDERLINE Gallery’s most recent show found themselves transported from New York to a Moroccan bazaar filled with artisanal objects and wares along with works by emerging artists. Inspired by the traditional marketplace or souk, the exhibition SOUK: And You Shall Find explored the relationship between texture, form and color in media ranging from vintage textiles to ceramics to contemporary painting.
Now, UNDERLINE Gallery is joining with V&M to present a virtual version of the SOUK exhibition, with artwork, ceramics, jewelry and other objects from around the world: Japan, Morocco, Paris, the U.S. and more. “They all have a craft element,” says Casey Burry, UNDERLINE Gallery’s director.
Among the items are hand-woven textiles, ceramic objects and other pieces from the collection of Ismail Mouahid, an artist whose family has been in the Moroccan textile trade for centuries. “The textiles are ridiculously beautiful,” Casey comments. “You won’t see wall hangings and tapestries like these anywhere else.”
SOUK also features ceramics created by Ikuko Iwamoto, an award-winning Japanese designer currently living in London. Other standouts include jewelry by New York designers Abby Goodman and Robin Mollicone, a wooden dominos game made by Fredericks & Mae, and gorgeous hand-cast porcelain bowls by Parisian artist Aurore Thibout.
“There’s a range of artists from around the world who are influenced by classic techniques and ideas, but approach their craft in a very contemporary and passionate way,” says Casey.