Over the last little while I have made two kilnformed glass pieces. Each of these works are outside of any standard series of work and are stand alone ideas and concepts.
The first work is made to look like an old tradesman's toolbox and is called "Implement". I feel that these types of toolboxes are iconic forms that relay an individual’s ability to improve or repair the function and form of their environment. The central panel of this toolbox holds an imagined image of a common city corner store. Across the base of the box are several silhouetted images of basic elements that are needed and utilized to maintain, deliver and secure the daily activity and agency of a corner store. These shapes have been arranged to mimic the way tools would be displayed on a shadow board in a tool shed.
The combination of the toolbox form with its integrated imagery aims to activate the work's title (and meaning) as a construct that is both a verb and a noun as well as address the relationship of the separate components to bring this area of the built environment into form and function.
The second work is called "The Bend" partially because it was bent to mimic the shape of a tunnel and to address the idea of what lays just beyond the curve in any metaphoric path. This work also holds together and apart two halves of a horizon. One side of the horizon being an action and the other being either the objective or simply perhaps just an obstacle for the action to bypass.
Here are some images of these two works completed and in construction:
Aside from these finished works, I have a couple other works now showing in a couple of great and distant places. One is my entry for the Tom Malone Prize 2016 at The Art Gallery of Western Australia in Perth (WA, Australia). They have now posted a digital online catalog of the show. You can find it here. The other work on display is an older work from my Watertower Series . It will be on display at the Toledo Museum of Art (OH, USA) starting this month. You can see more about the exhibition here and read about it here.
I have just returned from a long range planning meeting in Seattle for the Glass Art Society Board of Directors. It was a quick and thick meeting. I will be writing more about the meeting for the next GASNews edition, so check it out!
While I was gone, a couple nice events have happened.
Firstly, a show conceived and curated by Aimee Sones and Jessica Larva called the Tracing Lines was launched at The Ohio State University Urban Arts Space in Columbus, Ohio, in January 2012. You can read about it here. You can see installation shots here. I only have one work from my Bridge Series in the show. Here is an image of it installed:
I also received a copy of a publication from the Art Gallery of Western Australia that is called Translucence: contemporary glass that details some glass work that they have added to their collection that they have built into a show celebrating 10 years of the Tom Malone Prize. Here is a look at the cover, a mention about my work, the image of the work they have and a flyer about the event:
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