It is estimated that one in four women will experience domestic violence at some point in her life. “Estimated” because most incidents are never reported. It is this silent epidemic that Argentinian artist Silvia Levenson gives voice to in her new exhibition “A Subject to Avoid,” opening at David Richard Gallery in Santa Fe on August 29th.
The GLASS Quarterly Hot Sheet missed two important fall glass art fundraisers in its recent roundup of events that chronicled the upcoming gala auctions at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington; the National LIberty Museum in Philadelphia; UrbanGlass in New York City; and Pilchuck in Seattle. On the evening of Friday, September 26th, the Pittsburgh Glass Center will be holding its annual Art on Fire Celebration and Auction, with honorary glass artist Jay MacDonell, and event co-chairs Cynthia Pierce Liefeld and Paul Liefeld.
In Indiana and Ohio, curators and gallerists are building on the interest generated by all the exhibitions celebrating the 50th anniversary of American Studio Glass. Situated just south of the historic Toledo epicenter, museums in Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, Muncie and Dayton all have major exhibitions of glass art this summer. The new curator of collections and exhibitions at the Dayton Art Institute, Aimee Marcereau DeGalan, ascribes public interest as her impetus for curating “Dayton Celebrates Glass” a survey show that emphasizes the importance of Western Ohio to American Studio Glass. Informed by curatorial advisor Tom Hawk of Hawk Galleries in Columbus, Ohio, the exhibition also includes contemporary masters such as Lino Tagliapietra and the correspondence with Venetian techniques undertaken by Americans that include Stephen Rolfe Powell.
The fall 2014 glass art auction season will kick off with the Red Hot Party & Auction at the Museum or Glass on September 21st, featuring Dante Marioni as the special guest in the "Hot Shop After Party" event. It will be just the first in a series of fundraising galas that will take place in the coming months, including a triple-play of auctions in October.
Applications are still being accepted for The Fall 2014 Agnes Varis Visiting Artist Fellowship at UrbanGlass, which will provide a woman artist the opportunity to develop a new body of work exploring ideas and techniques using the medium of glass. Fellowships are eight weeks in length, and include access to all areas of the recently reopened 17,000-square-foot studio at UrbanGlass.
Australian artist Nick Mount is slated to show his work at the Bellevue Arts Museum (BAM) in Washington state from October 1st through February 1, 2015. The exhibition, “The Fabric of Work,” will feature over 30 pieces, some of which will be premiering at BAM. Though identified as Australian, Mount’s education in glass has been international. When Venetian-trained American artist Richard Marquis came to Australia in the 1970s, Mount was taken by the medium of glass and went on to study under Marquis in the United States, as well as make his own journey to Murano, the birthplace of the Venetian glass tradition. It is the Venetian spirit that Mount seeks to invoke is his own work, paying homage to the art of the Renaissance with his flamboyant creations. It is the technical aspects of art and craftsmanship that has always captivated Mount and will be emphasized in “The Fabric of Work,” which will include glassblowing, murrina patterning, carving, polishing, and mixed media installations.
After 20 years of celebrating the achievements of Australia and New Zealand's glass artists, the final Ranamok Glass Prize chose 28 finalists, one of whom was just named the prize-winner for 2014: Kathryn Wightman who now lives in New Zealand, where she teaches at The Wanganui Glass School. British-born, and a graduate of the undergraduate, masters and PhD programs at the University of Sunderland, Wightman created a 10-foot long glass frit creation entitled Carpet, which was made by screen printing an oriental carpet pattern and then intentionally disturbing its geometry by walking on it before firing. As her artist statement for the Ranamok prize-winning work, she offers three short sentence fragments: "A series of steps ... A trail in the pattern .. A constant reminder of all that is imperfect."
Venetian inspired, but with an unmistakable Scandinavian twist, the glass work of Tobias Møhl is simplistic, yet striking. His blown glass platters, vessels, and bowls, almost exclusively in shades of black, gray, and white, are characterized by lace-like intricacy surrounded by flowing, clean lines. The Danish artist’s newest exhibition—aptly titled “New Works”—will be on display at the Traver Gallery from August 7th through the 31st.
GLASS Quarterly Hot Sheet: What are you working on? Denise Pepper: My art practice is professionally motivated, forming sculptures that intentionally redefine common objects from the mundane. Fundamentally a glass artist, I specialize in pâté de verre glass casting, but also enjoy creating art for public sculpture exhibitions. I'm very much a maker in my art practice and desire in my art glass practice to form a unique and highly crafted pate de verre glass casting process developing innovative skills and techniques. My art glass practice focuses on the replication and presentation of detail and intricacy
As a part of the 2014 Kilkenny Arts Festival in Ireland, an exhibition featuring the glasswork of artists Róisín de Buitléar and Karen Donnellan will open with a reception at the National Craft Gallery on August 8. Titled “Resonance,” the exhibition seeks to highlight the sonic qualities of glass, focusing on the relationship between the visual and auditory realms.