Seattle is basking in its inaugural art fair this weekend, enjoying good press, good crowds, good weather, and an encouraging number of red dots. The glass art shown at the 2015 Seattle Art Fair, which opened on July 30 and ended today, represents a wide range of invention and ideas.
A new work in stained glass by Brooklyn-based artist Beau Stanton is featured in “Art Collector Starter Kit III” at the Corey Helford Gallery in Culver City, CA, a large group exhibition featuring 12-inch-by-12-inch paintings from 37 artists that opened on Saturday, July 25th. The use of glass is a recent addition to Stanton's art practice, which typically includes paintings, prints, and murals.
The Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery has announced that Patricia Deadman will serve as guest curator for the next year, while the gallery’s current curator Sheila McMath is on maternity leave. In her time as curator, Deadman will realize two exhibitions curated by McMath, and will also curate an exhibition of her own.
Through the end of August 2015, the Luan Gallery in Ireland is exhibiting "Delicate Matter," a show compiling the works of Karen Donnellan, Jennifer Hickey and Liz Nilsson joined together under the theme of "human existence," with each artist's series varying on a spectrum of elemental inspirations. A mix of glass, china sculpture and conceptual installations, the pieces share a spiritual and ethereal aesthetic, each medium exploring a different subject, focusing in the metaphysical, nature, and memory.
Set to open on August 7, 2015 is "502," an exhibition that aims to bring attention to the forerunners of the glass scene in Louisville, Kentucky. Taking place at the gallery of Flame Run, one of the five glass galleries that operate in the region, the show promises to be an homage to the people who first worked in their backyards and garages to produce hot and blown glass works. The exhibition will celebrate artists that paved the way for glass art in the community before it could be practiced through public access.
The Corning Museum of Glass has chosen Tom Patti for the 2015/16 Speciality Glass Artist-in-Residence, an award granted for a unique opporutnity to work with cutting-edge formulations of glass. The residency will allow the artist freedom to work in an industrial laboratory with the assistance of the museum's glassmakers, research scientists, and curators. Patti is the second selected artist in the invite-only program after Albert Paley. Beginning this month, the residency will take place in the research and design facility known as Sullivan Park, where Patti will have the opportunity to experiment with patented glass formulations from the Corning Archives, giving him the chance to further explore the medium. Known for his innovative techniques that push the physicality of glass, Patti will use the residency to further explore how temperature affects the material. Since his primary concern is to conduct research, he told the GLASS Quarterly Hot Sheet that he is going into the process without a specific creative agenda, but to simply further his knowledge of what glass is capable of doing.
The Pallant House Gallery in Chichester, West Sussex has announced that they will be housing a new exhibition of the work of multimedia artist Michael Petry. Opening on July 4th, Petry’s site-specific works will populate the historical Queen Anne townhouse section of the gallery, a space famous for housing an immense collection of 20th century British art. According the the press release of the exhibition, the large exhibition will “create a dialogue with the Gallery’s historic glass collections, exploring questions of gender, craftsmanship and decoration.”
Applications are now being accepted for The Glass Art Society’s annual Technology Advancing Glass (TAG) research grant. The award goes to an artist or group of artists “exploring new materials, techniques, making methods, or applications of technology that will generally advance the field of art made with glass”, according to a press release issued by the artist organization..
New movements in art can be understood as conversations with contemporaries, as peers engage in aesthetic dialogues that can reshape the art world. A new project at the Pittsburgh Glass Center facilitated a related but contrasting conversation between contemporary glass artists and their long-departed precursors — the anonymous makers of ancient glass who created extraordinary glass objects two millennia ago, which are in the permanent collection of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. An innovative partnership between two Pittsburgh organizations, the project resulted in an exhibition opening Friday, June 19th, entitled “Out of the Archives and Into the Gallery.”