With the ceremonial breaking of a glass ribbon, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg officially reopened the expanded and improved UrbanGlass facility in Downtown Brooklyn on the morning of Wednesday, October 2, 2013. A large crowd of friends and supporters of UrbanGlass (and its neighbor BRIC Arts) gathered on a windy fall morning to hear the mayor, Brooklyn Borough president Marty Markowitz, and other elected officials talk about the transformative power of the arts. The former Strand Theater building that has housed UrbanGlass since the early 1990s, has undergone a two-year, multi-million dollar renovation that has upgraded and expanded the facilities, gallery, and retail spaces. Continue reading
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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.
Glass maestro Lino Tagliapietra will be unveiling a new body of work this week at the Traver Gallery. Entitled “Profumo del Vetro” (“The Aroma of Glass” in English), the exhibit will feature over twenty never-before-seen pieces by the celebrated artist, and include works with bright new colors inspired by a trip to Australia. In a press release, the artist writes about visiting Down Under: “I must say that my experience there has come through strongly here. They embody my personality.” The nature of this experience certainly comes through in each piece’s color story as well as the artist’s use of flamboyant embellishments and patterns. The shapes of many pieces are reminiscent of the unique flora and fauna that are often romantically associated with the subcontinent of Australia. Continue reading
This evening, Anjali Srinivasan (BFA, Alfred, 2002; MFA, RISD, 2007) will debut her newest work, Of Clocks and Clouds (2013), a network of tetrahedrons in stainless steel and blown, mirrored glass that create a contemplative array of reflected surfaces. These complex mirrored patterns, when made from stainless steel, result in a light reflection that is slightly more diffused than mirrored glass, but reference visions of housewares on display in markets in Srinivasan’s native India. They will be showing at New York City’s Heller Gallery, which has been featuring the work of a new generation of artists using glass such as Amber Cowan.
Opening with a Friday evening reception on March 22, 2013, and running through November 3, 2013, the Glasmuseet in Ebeltoft, Denmark will feature a kinetic installation by glass artist Therese Lahaie. Entitled Forgotten Ocean, the work features a video projection through glass that transforms the gallery space into a watery environment. The artist was inspired by an old wooden warship named Fregatten Jylland, which is the longest in the world, and remains docked in Ebeltoft. Lahaie became especially intrigued by the carved figure of the Norse goddess RAN, which was believed to protect the ship through the power of her beauty. Continue reading
Artist Slate Grove loves cars. Before he enrolled in the MFA glass program at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois, he exhibited oversize automotive key fobs and hood ornaments during the 2010 Glass Art Society Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. For his thesis exhibition, Grove turns his attention to those who repair machines by paying homage to the tools that make their work possible. But he doesn’t stop with auto mechanics: he expands his purview to working class jobs of all kinds, elevating them through the painstaking remaking of the instruments used by janitors, cleaners, tailors, knitters, and, slightly off-topic, boxers. Continue reading