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.
Clayman began his career as a lighting design student. After six years of touring with several dance and theater companies, he enrolled in the Glass program of the Rhode Island School of Design in 1983 andgraduated with a BFA in Glass in 1986.
“Light, of course, is the dominant principle in glass sculpture, not merely revealing the outer shapes as it does in all sculpture, but inhabiting every aspect of the work,” wrote Robin Rice in her cover article on Clayman in the Fall 2013 edition of GLASS: The UrbanGlass Art Quarterly (#132) ,
In a telephone interview with the GLASS Quarterly Hot Sheet, Clayman said: "What I have grown to love in the last 10 days of installation, even
in gray light it looks incredible.The sun cycle is my friend, at some point in the day, as the sun goes through some periods, catches the rigging lines in the right way so they shine, all the sharp cuts are left sharp, the edges glint, it's something to experience."
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