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.
This is a quick update on some areas of activity that have occurred here and there...
HERE: In December, I was included in a group show of small works at Beaver Galleries here in town. For this opportunity, I constructed a few pieces for a new series of work that I have called the Coordinate Series. I took some care in recording the method of thinking and making of these works in preparation of presenting the process at the upcoming Ausglass Conference in Adelaide this February. If you are interested in seeing the path of production for these forms, please come to the conference and check out the talk.
Over December and January, Australia went into holiday mode. This gave me the available time and focus to address the overdue fabrication of some important bits of infrastructure for our studio as well as build some new additions to the Watertower Series. The finalization of these forms are awaiting the return of their metal bits from the powder coaters, but when they are complete and constructed I intend to post a small entry to share the outcomes...
THERE: Besides advancing some areas here at home, there have been some small wins happening beyond the horizon.
In Knoxville (at the Knoxville Museum of Art) a piece of mine (from the Bridge Series) that had been gifted in memory of a patron was finally given a new permanent home. I am excited about this placement and the ability to have a piece in their collection. If you find yourself in the area, please pay the Museum a visit.
At Traver Gallery in Seattle over January, some small works from my Parcel Series were included in a group show of their gallery artists. Please check out the gallery or their website to see the works and that of their other more talented artists.
I have been notified that there is an image of one of my pieces in the upcoming issue of American Craft magazine. There is a link to a short video that introduces the upcoming magazine issue here.
The image they selected for inclusion is one of my Watertower Series works. It is utilized as a visual component within an article titled "The World Beyond Studio Glass" that discusses the Glass Secessionism group initiated by Tim Tate and William Warmus.
I am always excited to have my work included in American Craft and in any discussion of artwork made utilizing the medium of glass. With this said, I haven't read the article. I hope it is kind and that my inclusion is not used to illustrate "what not to do"...we will soon see...
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