When light passes through a transparent tangible material, it is assigned a mathematical number, called an Abbe Value. This number expresses how much light is distributed as it bends, changes color or pattern and re-characterizes the space around the material. Daniel Clayman, who is best known for creating large-scale works in a variety of materials but especially in glass, knows a great deal about the qualities of light, and has frequently worked with glass in pursuit of works that trap the light within the glass. His newest project, to be unveiled Friday, May 16, 2014 at the Cohen Gallery in Brown University's Granoff Center in Providence, Rhode Island, is entitled Dispersion, and will interact with exterior and interior lighting, natural and manmade, in a unique work of cast and assembled amber glass panels.
Coming off a successful inaugural year, the second Collective Design Fair opens today and runs through May 11th, 2014, in Skylight at Moynihan, highlighting limited editions of design pieces and one-of-a-kind artworks in various media. Glass figures in many of the exhibitors displays, primarily in various approaches to lighting from the French Art Deco-style designs at Maison Gerard, to the sculptural glass lighting by Thaddeus Wolfe and Jeff Zimmerman at R and Company, to a mix of lighting and fine art glass works at Wexler Gallery, which blurs the boundaries between art and design.
Lino Tagliapietra, a world-renown maestro with 69 years of experience working with glass, will be the subject of a solo exhibition at Heller Gallery that opens this evening, mixing his blown work with some of his large-scale glass panels. When Lino first began visiting the U.S. from Murano, Italy, in the late 1970s, he brought with him traditional Venetian techniques and, just as importantly, a desire to share them. He was inspired to connect with the spirit of discovery and experimentation he saw in the U.S. Studio Glass movement in the late 1970s and early 1980s. As he told GLASS Quarterly magazine in an exclusive interview (GLASS #104, Fall 2006), America represented a liberation, and he says he became "a better artist" as a result.
With the opening of the Glass Art Centre in Sazava, the Czech Republic has opened a new door of interaction and opportunity for glass artists and aspiring artists. It will also help promote glass art to the general public. “There is not any other place in the Czech Republic at the moment, which would offer the same interactive environment and conditions for visitors, artists, experts and students as our new Glass Art Centre in Sazava,” said Frantisek Janak, an Art Manager at the Glassworks Frantisek, a newly renovated, non-profit organization owned by the “Josef Viewegh´s Foundation Glassworks Frantisek.” It was previously an old glassworks, part of the Kavalier Company.
Chain-mail technology—linked elements used as an extra layer of armor by the Roman army, Tibetan Warriors, and Japanese Samurai—is employed to create abstracted glass chain sculptures by artist and educator David Licata. An exhibition of his current work featuring four large pieces of glass chain sculptures, two wall hung pieces, and two large draped pieces—is entitled, “Sublime” and currently on view at Kenise Barnes Fine Art gallery through February 22, 2014. Recently, the GLASS Quarterly Hot Sheet caught up with Licata by telephone and asked him about his work.
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