In a 2010 interview, artist Judith Schaechter told the GLASS Quarterly Hot Sheet: "There’s only one challenge for me, and that’s to develop beyond what I think I am capable of — conceptually, design-wise, and technically." In her latest solo exhibition opening at Claire Oliver Gallery in New York City's Chelsea art district on September 4th and running through October 25th, 2014, Schaechter will unveil a major development in her career with ten new three-dimensional works, opaque figures hand-carved from kiln-formed glass.
For an artist who has established herself as a preeminent stained glass artist, and who mines her unique interior world through highly personal iconography dramatizing fears, neruoses, and triumphs, Schaechter is taking a major risk of whether her vision can translate into a new format. The sculptural works featured in the show entitled "Dark Matter" depict her distinctive elongated figures weighed down by gravity, but without the intricate decorative elements that embelish her stained-glass lightbox works, which vibrate with pattern and color.
The new sculptural work will be exhibited with eight new stained-glass lightbox works, which share a more carefully controlled chromatic range, perhaps not to upstage the white carved glass works. From the exhibition announcement: "For Schaechter it is clear that concept cannot be separated from process and material."
IF YOU GO:Judith Schaechter
September 4 — October 25, 2014 Opening reception September 4th from 6 - 8 PM Claire Oliver Gallery 513 West 26th Street New York, NY 10001 Tel. 212 929 5949 Email Website