This panel discussion for Cruising Glass: An MFA Exhibition brings together both jurors and all five participating artists to talk about the overarching theme of "Cruising" and how you might find something you weren't looking for.
Chuchen Song is drawn to the transparent and subtle qualities of glass as visitors will see in her enameled, kiln-formed, glass pieces. Eriko Kobayashi's work introduces playfulness to the technically demanding glass works that are positive, energetic, and playful to experience. Kaitlin Santoro explores time, impermanence, loss, and generational trauma caused by cognitive impairment while utilizing print and fused glass as her materials. Phillip Bandura's “Shiny Shit" is a metaphor for struggle and adversity at the same time a symbol of life and light and was inspired by his experiences in the Covid-19 lockdowns. Timothy Spurchise's sculptures are a visual cacophony of whimsical and eccentric glass sea monsters as a response to his research of the sea monsters found on medieval and Renaissance maps.
Learn more about these artists, their processes, and what ties them all together by joining us for this special panel discussion!
About the jurors:
matt lambert is a non-binary, trans multidisciplinary collaborator and coconspirator working towards equity, inclusion, and reparation. They are a founder and facilitator of The Fulcrum Project and currently are a PhD student between Konstfack and University of Gothenburg in Sweden. Their research engages with the relationship of craft to nation structure, gender, indigeneity and nomadism. They hold a MA in Critical Craft Studies from Warren Wilson College and an MFA in Metalsmithing from Cranbrook Academy of Art.
Alpesh Kantilal Patel is associate professor of contemporary art at Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University, Philadelphia. His art historical scholarship, curating, and criticism reflect his queer, anti-racist, and transnational approach to contemporary art. He is the author of Productive Failure: Writing Queer Transnational South Asian Art Histories (2017) and is currently working on his monograph Multiple and One: Writing Queer Global Art Histories, under contract with Manchester University Press.