The article about the fun-fueled design company Fred and Friends in the Spring 2010 issue of GLASS magazine (“Vacuum-Sealed” by Analisa Coats Bacall) featured flame-worked double-walled kitschy gag glasses including “Hopside Down” (2009) and “Saltside Out” (2009). The one-liner glass series resembled, but made no mention of, “Vice/Virtue” (1997), a series of glass forms produced over a decade ago by acclaimed architectural team Diller + Scofidio. Placed side by side, their works could be a double-walled vessel showdown between irony and gag, Diller + Scofidio’s work being the former and Fred and Friends the latter.
Viewing: Letters to the Editor
After reading the “Reflection” essay in the Spring issue about glass tourism (See “Glass as Tourist Attraction,” by Lauren Fujji, on p. 52 in the Spring 2010 edition), I’ve been giving this issue a lot of thought and I’m very conflicted. I’ve regularly blown glass in front of crowds, and I myself have greatly benefited from having hot shop access under such conditions to make work. However, I can’t help but think (and I hope that I am not alone in this) that when you are “on stage” making your “art,” it changes things.