“Until recently, the scientific community couldn’t agree if glass was a liquid or a solid, which is rather insane,” Cybele Maylone tells me. “It speaks to the magical properties that make glass so enchanting to artists.”
What if the ocean was your studio? Artist Caroline Woolard and a group of collaborators embark on Carried on Both Sides, a research-based sculptural project that reimagines the past and future of a once ubiquitous object, the Roman amphora.
On its 40th anniversary, UrbanGlass still proves a necessary resource for New York's creative community. Maybe you've never heard of UrbanGlass. But chances are, you've seen a thing or two that was made there.
In the 1980s, New York glassblowers befriended the mafia. At least, that’s the story UrbanGlass executive director Cybele Maylone heard at the organization’s 40th anniversary benefit in May. The founders initially established the glass studio (originally called the New York Experimental Glass Workshop) on Great Jones Street in 1977.
This week you’re in for a weird ride. From Aaron Pexa’s installation inspired by faeries from Welsh mythology (opening Wednesday at UrbanGlass) to a show of fake John Waters memorabilia Thursday night at La MaMa, there’s a lot of idiosyncratic happenings to partake in.
On May 16th, UrbanGlass marked its 40th anniversary at its annual Gala and Auction, held at their building in Ft Greene, Brooklyn. A celebration of this important milestone, the evening also honored the contributions of artist Thaddeus Wolfe and gallerists Katya and Doug Heller to the organization and field at large.
US magazine Sight Unseen has partnered five New York and five Norwegian design studios to create products for its annual Offsite exhibition, with results including brick furniture, a bent-steel bench and colourful glass vases.
It was 1977 when three art-school graduates, Erik Erikson, Joe Upham, and Richard Yelle, transported a glassblowing furnace in the back of a car to a downtown New York warehouse, thereby launching the first artist-access glass center in the U.S.