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contemporary glass

Matthew Szösz: Complications / Zane Bennett Gallery, Sante Fe

Matthew Szosz Glass exhibition at Zane Bennett Galery

Matthew Szösz: Complications / Zane Bennett Gallery, Sante Fe
June 27 - July 19, 2014

Zane Bennett Contemporary Art is pleased to announce Complications, an exhibition of works in glass by Matthew Szösz. The opening is Friday, June 27, at the gallery, from 5-7 pm as part of the Railyard Arts District Last Friday Artwalk.

Matthew Szösz, born in Providence Rhode Island, resides and practices in northern California. He holds a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts, a Bachelor’s of Industrial Design and a Master of Fine Arts in Glass all from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and has been awarded grants by prestigious institutions in his field such as the L.C. Tiffany Foundation. Szösz has held numerous artist residencies all over the world including the Danish Royal Academy. Szösz has an extremely impressive resume for an artist of such a young age.

Szösz’s creative process involves investigation of his chosen materials, resulting in a dance or a dialogue between artist and material. His interest lies in the moment of transformation which is what fuels his impulse to create.

Szösz’s interest is focused on what glass can do and will do when exposed to a variety of conditions inflicted by the artist, resulting in a state of controlled chaos. Of this, Szösz states "The work produced is left deliberately unmodified as much as possible after the shaping so that the connection of the finished form to the process is emphasized to the viewer, as this relationship illustrates the central thrust of the work, that form is the result of physics, rather than the artist, and that the work itself is creator of its own identity." The invention of new techniques and processes not only keep Szösz interested in his medium, the results inform him and push his process further.

Matthew Szösz’s latest works consist of several separate bodies of work including Inflatables, Expandables, and Rigging pieces. The Rigging pieces appear as delicate strands of rope fused together into different shapes. The viewer does not, at first realize the works in this series are glass. The minute detail in each of the Rigging works are a wonder to behold. With the Inflatables compressed air is added to fused pieces of glass while still hot, creating forms that are full and at times pillow-like.

The Expandables are created by pulling glass apart. Inflatables and Expandables compliment each other in their opposition to each other, one feeling more solid while the other appears almost stretched and pulled to its limit, showing strength in its delicate construction. These works clearly prove Szösz’s statement: "Much of my work is an effort to achieve a synergy between opposites- order and chaos, craft and experimentation, the deliberate and the accidental, allowing two opposites to come together and complement and enhance each other."

Matthew Szosz’s work incorporates science and art. Both the process and the outcome are equally intriguing. His work embodies, as American physician and NASA astronaut, Mae Carol Jemison so eloquently stated: "The difference between science and the arts is not that they are different sides of the same coin, or even different parts of the same continuum, but rather, they are manifestations of the same thing. The arts and sciences are avatars of human creativity."

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  • Emma Woffenden: Falling Hard / Marsden Woo Gallery, London

    Emma Woffenden: Falling Hard at Marsden Woo Gallery, London

    Emma Woffenden: Falling Hard / Marsden Woo Gallery, London
    May 15 - June 21, 2014

    Emma Woffenden continues to explore the figure and the fragmented body in her latest sculpture series, ‘Falling Hard’.

    Using a variety of mixed materials including glass, jesmonite, polystyrene, clay and metal, Woffenden creates a discourse around the interconnectivity of the body as a physical and psychological site and the impact of what the body – whole or fragmentary – expresses. The influences of social structures and the dynamics of power relations on the individual imbue her sculpture with a palpable sense of internal conflict.

    Interpretation of contradictions and opposites is a pervasive theme in this new series of work; how internal emotional experience is expressed through theexternal action of the figure, the aesthetics of symmetry and asymmetry, the erotic and fetishistic power of religious sculpture, culminating in the unsettling yet exquisite appearance of her sculptures. The dualities Woffenden confronts in the ‘Baby Hammer’ hybrid object - corporeal and material, playful and brutal, fragile and resilient - hint at violence both real and symbolic.

    Woffenden’s uncanny forms trespass upon the viewer’s imagination, casting an oblique light on the human condition.

    Emma Woffenden (b. 1962) studied at West Surrey College of Art & Design (1981-1984) and the Royal College of Art (1991-1993). She employs a full range of complex glass and mixed media techniques to make works that explore the power of myth and archetypes, and the human condition.
    Widely recognised as one of Britain’s leading glass artists, her work is included in a number of international public collections, including the Victoria & Albert Museum, Wellcome Trust and the Crafts Council, London; Ernsting Glass Museum; Broadfield House Glass Museum, West Midlands. Her award winning designs for Transglass can be found in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York. She was appointed North Lands Creative Glass Artistic Director in October 2013. She lives and works in London and France.

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  • Living Glass / Musée de design et d’arts appliqués contemporains, Lausanne, Switzerland
    December 11, 2013 - November 16, 2014

    Images © Arnaud Conne, Marie Humair – atelier de numérisation de la Ville de Lausanne.

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  • Living Glass / Musée de design et d’arts appliqués contemporains, Lausanne, Switzerland

    Living Glass exhibition at mudac

    Living Glass / Musée de design et d’arts appliqués contemporains, Lausanne, Switzerland
    Recent acquisitions by the Glass Art Collection
    December 11, 2013 - November 16, 2014

    Mudac’s latest contemporary glass art exhibition, Living Glass, presents a broad selection of works and installations by today’s glass creators of many nationalities—Swiss, European, American and Asian. Bearing witness to the very idea of glass art, pieces ranging from sculpture to edition design all translate the museum conservation team’s open and ongoing approach, as assisted and supported by the Collection’s patron.

    The ensuing major canvassing program has brought to light the incredible diversity and dynamism of the contemporary scene with respect to such a singular and demanding material. This new set of works represents a very far-spreading, overall view of contemporary glass art production in Switzerland and around the world. Today, joining those regions and countries that first launched the major groundbreaking trends reinstating glass internationally, there are countless initiatives by artists and designers who have forgone any formal education in the mastery of this material. Designers and artists are linking up with master glass artists to work together. As a result, on the one hand, today’s glass art features spectacularly intricate and beautifully mastered pieces with an undeniably aesthetic impact and, most importantly, encompassing the tradition and know-how of the famous major centers of the second half of the 20th century. These now exist side-by-side with more experimental pieces that can even be highly conceptual, and are often very singular in shape or statement. In their fascination with the very particular world of glass art production, the latest generation of artists and designers now test, experiment and question the practices such production entails, but always—and necessarily—in tandem with today’s master glass artists. The many pathways being travelled by creators stemming from at times very distant horizons attest to the liveliness of the contemporary glass art scene. Mudac is happy to put its acquisitions policy at the service of that scene’s plurality and dynamism.

    Published jointly by La Bibliothèque des Arts and mudac, a trilingual publication, Le verre vivant [Living Glass] accompanies this exhibition. This richly illustrated volume featuring some fifty of mudac’s recent acquisitions, encompasses contributions by art dealers and promoters, and by designers, artists and curators from many European countries. It promises pleasurable reading for both the general public and confirmed specialists.

    Museum hours:
    September-October: Tuesday to Sunday, 11.00 - 18.00
    July-August: Monday to Sunday, 11.00-18.00
    Open on official holidays, including Mondays.

    CONTACT
    Danaé Panchaud (Public Relations), danae.panchaud@lausanne.ch
    General information, info@mudac.ch
    Tel. +41 315 25 30

    mudac – musée de design et d’arts appliqués contemporains
    Place de la Cathédrale 6
    CH-1005 Lausanne
    Switzerland
    www.mudac.ch

    Above: formafantasma (Andrea Trimarchi et Simone Farresin), Jug, 2011, Verre soufflé et os. Image © Arnaud Conne – atelier de numérisation de la Ville de Lausanne

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  • Ceramics/Glass / Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago

    Ceramics/Glass exhibition, Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art Chicago

    Ceramics/Glass / Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago
    December 6, 2013 - February 2, 2014

    Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art in Chicago (UIMA) presents the exhibition Ceramics / Glass. This exhibit focuses on the medium of ceramic or glass in contemporary art – mediums that require high temperatures, special tools, kilns and specialized studios. UIMA has selected some distinctive personal styles from numerous glass / ceramics studios in Chicago and from artists working in national and international cities.

    Brent Rogers, Alex Trommler and Aaron Wolf-Boze are from Chicago, showcasing art glass that was created in Ignite Glass Studios. Ignite Glass Studios (founded 2012) is already building reputation as a ‘hot’ art glass studio in the U.S.. Eric Bladholm is from Chicago Glassworks, a state of the art glass blowing facility and artist’s studio, custom built into a former iron foundry. He will present glass works combined with various metals. Nikki Renee Anderson will present multiple piece ceramic installation and Robert Pulley will exhibit one of his larger ceramic garden sculptures. Both artists are from Chicago Sculpture International and focus on the sculptural aspect of working with ceramics. Michael Janis, an ex-Chicago artist (now Co-Director of the Washington Glass School in Washington, DC) will present fused glass with glass powder imagery. Xavier Monsalvatje lives in Spain and works in traditional ceramic techniques which reflect industrial aesthetic designs reminiscent of the works of Mexican Muralists. Yurij Musatov and Anna Lypko, both from Ukraine, are two contemporary artists working in ceramics.

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  • International Glass and Clay Exhibit 2013 / Pepco Edison Place Gallery, Washington DC

    International Glass and Clay Exhibit 2013 at Pepco Edison Place Gallery, Washington DC

    International Glass and Clay Exhibit 2013 / Pepco Edison Place Gallery, Washington DC
    March 1-23, 2013

    Artomatic, Inc., the Office of the Secretary for the District of Columbia, the District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID), and Sunderland, England City Council, are proud to present an international fine arts glass and clay exhibit, International Glass and Clay 2013, hosted at the Pepco Edison Place Gallery in downtown Washington, D.C.

    International Glass and Clay 2013, which will run from March 1 to 23, debuts as the third Artomatic international collaboration with District of Columbia Sister City, Sunderland, England. Located in the heart of D.C., the Pepco Edison Place Gallery will display vibrant works of glass and clay.

    Coming off the success of Glass3 in 2008 and Artomatic 2009, this will be Artomatic’s third international exhibit and the first to feature fine clay art. This exhibition will present expressive glass and clay artwork as well as narrative sculptures that blend traditional craft materials such as glass and clay with digital technologies, removing the boundaries between the traditional categories of craft, art, and design.

    The exhibition will display international glass and clay artists from Sunderland’s Cohesion Artists and the University of Sunderland, and Washington, D.C.based artists from the Washington Glass School and Flux Studios.

    Each arts organization has selected the artists whose work will be on display during the 20 day exhibit. Artwork will also be for sale, with all proceeds going to the artist.

    To complement the artwork, International Glass and Clay 2013 will host panels at Pepco Edison Place Gallery all month long meant to inspire indepth conversation about cultural diplomacy, Fulbright exchanges and international artists residencies and the arts. The events will include representatives from cultural institutions in the nation’s capital, including embassies, government entities, think tanks and local arts organizations.

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