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Sarah Gilbert awarded inaugural 4Front Residency at the Chrysler Museum of Art Glass Studio

Sarah Gilbert holds degrees from Brown (BA), RISD (BFA), and the University of Idaho (MFA).

Sarah Gilbert holds degrees from Brown (BA), RISD (BFA), and the University of Idaho (MFA).

Portland, Oregon-based artist and educator Sarah Gilbert has been selected as the inaugural artist for 4Front : Innovation from All Angles, a 14-day residency at the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio in Norfolk that will take place from January 8 through 22, 2014. The new residency, a partnership between the Robert M. Minkoff Foundation and the Chrysler Museum of Art, attracted 33 submissions from 10 countries. (Disclosure: Andrew Page, editor of the GLASS Quarterly Hot Sheet also serves as the director of the Minkoff Foundation.) Gilbert was selected after an international search and competitive submission process. Applicants were asked to submit ideas for a contemporary art project using glass that is groundbreaking in one or more of the following areas: technique, concept, energy efficiency, and media fluency.  Continue reading

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Less Is Sometimes More: William Morris “recomposed” Mazorca pieces allow details to come to the fore

William Morris, Mazorca (Detail), 2013. Blown glass, steel stand. H 29 12, W 12, D 8 in.

William Morris, Mazorca (Detail), 2013. Blown glass, steel stand. H 29 12, W 12, D 8 in.

When Mazorca was unveiled for a 2005 retrospective at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington, it was a bid for large-scale impact on the part of William Morris, known for the ability to create convincing organic texture in glass works that celebrate and reference the earthy qualities of tribal art from around the world. At more than 8-feet tall, the assemblage of carved heads, ears of corn, gourds, and various vessels dangling from a steel armature overwhelmed the senses, a cluster of objects that looked more like ceramic and carved wood and bone, strung up by thick hand-braided rope. That it all was made from glass was astonishing, but appreciation for the technical accomplishments of the Morris team-members who developed the processes on display may have been impeded by the sheer number of objects grouped together in the piece. After the museum exhibition closed, the massive work didn’t find a buyer, and languished on the market, most recently with a price-tag of $2 million, before it was recently announced that Morris would reconfigure the pieces into a number of smaller works Continue reading

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Paul Housberg references water in new architectural glass installation

Housberg_SRH_2At Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, MA, architectural glass artist Paul Housberg has recently installed a new glass wall that visually connects the two stories of the facility’s main lobby and mezzanine. The piece, entitled Water Walk, creates a heightened sense of depth in a cramped corner, and seeks to evoke the peaceful movement of water, inspired by the  hospital’s location on the Charlestown waterfront. The hospital hosts therapeutic aquatic activities for patients, such as water sports like canoeing, water-skiing, rowing, kayaking, sailing, paddle boating, and windsurfing. Continue reading

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DESIGN: Mathieu Lehanneur sheds new light on historic architecture using LED illumination

Designer Mathieu Lehanneur's lighting installation entitled Les Cordes contrasts with the historic enivronment of the newly reopened Château Borély in Marseille, France.

Designer Mathieu Lehanneur’s lighting installation “Les Cordes” contrasts with the historic enivronment of thereopened Château Borély in Marseille, France.

Light-emitting diode, or LED lighting stands in direct contrast with the lighting that most of us are used to. Unlike household incandescent bulbs that emit large quantities of heat and burn out quickly, LED illumination operates with remarkable energy efficiency and durability. Televisions, light bulbs, and computer displays have been making use of LED for years. In response to government mandates and improving technology, designers are exploring this technology as not just a new form of lighting, but one with new possibilities for creative expression. Case in point is French designer Mathieu Lehanneur, whose recent installation, Les Cordes, christened the newly reopened Château Borély in Marseille. Working with only the materials of LED light, glass tubes, and a lighting control system, Lehanneur designed and created a modern, more abstract take on the chandelier. 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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At Toledo residency, April Surgent comments on the present using centuries-old engraving techniques

April Surgent, What We're Looking For, Is What We're Looking With, 2013. Glass engraving. H 36.25, W 25.825, D  1.75  in. courtesy: www.bonhams.com.

One of her most recent works. April Surgent, What We’re Looking For, Is What We’re Looking With, 2013. Glass engraving. H 36 1/4, W 25 3/4, D 1 3/4 in. courtesy: the artist.

UPDATED 7/23/13

On June 27th, 2013, glass artist April Surgent completed a one-week visiting artist residency at the Glass Pavilion of the Toledo Museum of Art. Surgent, who was the seventh artist-in-residence of the  Guest Artist Pavilion Project (GAPP), offered a different perspective to the program as a traditional engraver in technique with a contemporary approach to subject matter. Continue reading

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OPENING: True-to-life glass exhibition inspired by Blaschka flowers debuts at Pittsburgh Glass Center, prize winners announced

Carolyn Baum, Eternal Bloom, 2013. Flameworked soft glass, wire, fieldstone. H 12, W 12, D 10.

Carolyn Baum, Eternal Bloom, 2013. Flameworked soft glass, wire, fieldstone. H 12, W 12, D 10.

The exhibition “Lifeforms” was originally conceived of as part of the 2013 Glass Art Society Conference in Boston. After the event was cancelled, this homage to the The Rudolph and Leopold Blaschka Glass Flowers at Harvard University was moved to the Pittsburgh Glass Center, where it opens this evening. Over 100 artists from the U.S., Scotland, Italy, Japan, Australia, England and Canada answered the call from Robert Mickelsen to create work that aspires to the Blaschkas’ level of accuracy, and the top 50 will be on display through November 17, 2013 in Pittsburgh. Continue reading

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