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PREVIEW: Interpretations of the menorah in glass in upcoming Philadelphia exhibition

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Eunsuh Choi, Consciousness. Borosilicate glass. H 11, W 13, D 4 1/2 in.

The Gershman Y’s Borowsky Gallery in Philadelphia will be showing an exhibition of menorahs fashioned in glass of varying styles. Opening mid-October, “A Touch of Glass” will run through early December.
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OPENING: Michigan sculpture park exhibits the diversity of contemporary glass art

Beverly Fishman, Artificial Paradise, 2013.

Beverly Fishman, Artificial Paradise, 2013. Handblown glass. Dimensions variable.

The Grand Rapids, Michigan,  botanical garden known as Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park will display the works of 25 artists from North America, Europe, and Asia in its upcoming group exhibition, “Shattered: Contemporary Sculpture in Glass,” which opens September 18th. The exhibit’s primary focus is the creative, conceptual, and formal aspects of contemporary glass sculpture from around the world, and it includes a line-up of some of the most interesting work being made in the material by artists such as Michael Behrens, Peter Bremers, Beverly Fishman (pictured above), Jiyong Lee, Beth Lipman, Mary Shaffer, and Anna Skibska.
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Katherine Gray reprises tree installation for UrbanGlass exhibition

Forest Glass, 2009. Glass and Mixed Media. 63 x 30 x120 in.

Katherine Gray, Forest Glass, 2009. Glass and mixed media. H 120 (tallest), W 63, D 30 in. Installation at the Chrysler Museum of Art in 2009.

To celebrate the October 2013 reopening of its facility in Brooklyn, UrbanGlass invited sculptor Katherine Gray to commemorate the event with an installation artwork. (Disclosure: The GLASS Quarterly Hot Sheet is published by UrbanGlass.)  In a nod to her 2009 installation Forest Glass that debuted at Los Angeles’ Acuna-Hansen Gallery to positive reviews from the Los Angeles Times, Gray is modifying the original concept for her latest project. The new work, A Tree Grows (referencing the Betty Smith classic novel A Tree Grows in Brooklyn) seeks to capture the spirit of UrbanGlass, an organization that has served the glass art community for over 40 years.

For this project, Gray is inviting public participation, soliciting donated glasses out of which the piece will be constructed. “Overcoming dire circumstances and obstacles in life to become something greater: that’s what UrbanGlass is doing,” Gray told the GLASS Quarterly Hot Sheet in a telephone interview. To her, the resilience of a tree was the most accurate representation of the significance of the organization’s move. Continue reading

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Final weekend for botanical glass exhibit in Edinburgh

Keiko Mukaide, Glass Plants, 2013. PHOTO: SHANNON TOFTS

Keiko Mukaide, Glass Plants, 2013. photo: shannon tofts

Pop Up! Edinburgh, a UK-based nonprofit arts group, is currently displaying its first exhibit, entitled “Grow!” which runs through Sunday, August 25th. Though the organization originally started as master’s coursework for graduate students at the the Edinburgh College of Art, it has quickly developed into a creative organization and curated its first of hopefully many public exhibitions. An experienced team including Alison McConache, former head of the Edinburgh College of Art’s glass department, and Elinor Gallant, the exhibitions manager of the Royal Botanical Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) curated the series, which features glass works from 15 international artists. The project owes an unacknowledged debt to Dale Chihuly who pioneered the synergy between botanical gardens and glass beginning with his 2002 exhibition entitled A Garden of Glass in Chicago’s Garfield Park Conservatory. Since then, Chihuly’s glass works have inhabited botanical gardens from New York to Missouri, and is on permanent display at Chihuly Garden and Glass, which opened in 2012 in Seattle. “Chihuly in the Garden,” the latest installment in his garden series, will debut in November at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix and will run through May of 2014.

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Willam Morris to return to the glass studio (briefly) to rework Mazorca installation

William Morris is going to reconstruct his 2005 work Mazorca, originally created as a large-scale installation made for a Museum of Glass retrospective. It originally stood more than 8-feet tall.

William Morris is going to reconstruct his 2005 work Mazorca, originally created as a large-scale installation made for a Museum of Glass retrospective. It originally stood more than 8-feet tall.

Since 2007, when William Morris retired with great fanfare at the peak of his glass-artist career, he’s been spending his time perfecting his stone-carving technique in Hawaii. Meanwhile, his unique body of work in sculpted and blown glass that channels non-European ancient artifacts continues to attract the attention of collectors, and fetch record prices. One large installation, however, has not sold. Mazorca, originally displayed as part of his 2005 mid-career retrospective at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma has not found a buyer. The more-than-8-foot-tall cornucopia of dangling glass objects that look like earthenware, shells, carved bone, and wood, will be restrung in smaller compositions, according to Lewis Wexler, who will be showing these works at the Sculptural Objects Functional Art Fair in Chicago this November. Morris’s brief return to the glass art studio was confirmed by his studio manager, Holly Lyman in an email exchange. Continue reading

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OPENING: Erich Woll displays new conceptual work in solo exhibit in Seattle

Erich Woll, In My Neck of the Woods, 2013. Glass, acrylic, and steel. H 36, W 45, D 5. photo: russell johnson.

Erich Woll, In My Neck of the Woods, 2013.
Glass, acrylic, and steel. H 36, W 45, D 5.
photo: russell johnson.

Erich Woll‘s first solo exhibition, entitled “When Things Go South,” will open on September 10, 2013 at Winston Wachter Fine Art in Seattle. The exhibition features six of Woll’s newest pieces, many of which are conceptual embodiments of aphorisms, or sayings. The show title itself serves as a thematic umbrella of various riffs on the idea of “when things go wrong.” In fact, the title is mildly subversive. “My first solo exhibition is titled in part ‘when things go wrong’ when things are actually going well [for me],” said Woll in a telephone interview with the GLASS Quarterly Hot Sheet.

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CALL FOR ENTRIES: UrbanGlass annual MFA juried exhibition seeks applicants

Beccy Feather's 2010 work entitled Ultra Shiny Laser Crystal is in the 2012 UrbanGlass MFA exhibition was one element of the artist's project that included  a fake “exclusive event” complete with cocktails, VIP passes, and more.

Beccy Feather’s 2010 work entitled Ultra Shiny Laser Crystal was featured in the 2012 UrbanGlass MFA exhibition. The glass pictured above was one element of the project that included a fake “exclusive event” complete with cocktails,  and VIP passes—elements in a conceptual work that engaged New York cultural life.

The annual MFA Competition Exhibition at Brooklyn’s UrbanGlass nonprofit art center seeks proposals from recent graduates of North American masters programs. The 2014 MFA show will be an important part of UrbanGlass’ inaugural year in its newly renovated facility in Downtown Brooklyn opening on October 2nd, 2013, and the deadline to apply is in early August 2013. (Disclosure: UrbanGlass publishes GLASS magazine and the GLASS Quarterly Hot Sheet.) Continue reading

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