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Artist to Watch: Kanik Chung

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Ruby Beets Antiques is a great little store in Bridgehampton, and I always make sure to stop by if I get the chance to visit Martha’s home in East Hampton. Not too long ago, I checked out the store’s newest iteration, Ruby Beets Old & New, which recently opened in Sag Harbor in a former silent movie theater. The new store is just as good as the original, and I was so excited to see their collection of antiques as well as contemporary art, furniture, and accessories. One piece in particular caught my eye, and I haven’t stopped thinking about it since. There was a translucent white vase set in a tablescape of several hand-blown glass pieces, and I was instantly mesmerized by its beautiful shape and expertly executed form.

I inquired about the artist, and it turns out the vase was made by Kanik Chung, a Brooklyn-based artist who specializes in blown glass. He makes a lot of tablescapes like the one I was admiring, and they are meant to be purchased in a group that can be arranged and rearranged in your home – sort of like a constantly changing installation. I think a tablescape would be perfect as a center piece. The white pieces are neutral, but still very stylish and interesting with so many different angles and shapes.

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Although I was initially so drawn to the tablescape I saw at Ruby Beets, Chung fabricates all sorts of glass art, from large glass installations and sculpture to the beautiful glass bookends below, and the more I learn about his work, the more I’ve been coveting a piece.

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