Tuesday July 15, 2014 | by Elena Tafone

OPENING: Claire Lieberman brings her glass guns to Brooklyn art center

FILED UNDER: Exhibition, New Work, News, Opening

Located on Brooklyn’s Red Hook waterfront, the Hot Woods Art Center will host the opening reception for a duo exhibition on July 25, featuring the glass firearms of multimedia artist Claire Lieberman. Since 1999, Lieberman has explored and subverted the functionality of form with her “Ice Gun” series. The guns, like something from an 80s sci-fi flick, are meant to be cartoonish in their design. Over the years, they have only become less and less realistic, most lacking vital components, such as bullets and triggers, that would make the firearms functional. This “purely aesthetic” effect is enhanced by the glass from which these pieces are sculpted. While some are colored, creating an almost candy like appearance, the majority are clear, as if crafted from ice.   

“I would like to cast them into ice, let it melt away, and cast the melting—that’s what I want my work to feel like,” said Lieberman in a feature article on her work in the 2013 summer edition of GLASS: The UrbanGlass Art Quarterly.

The exhibition will also feature the work of pieces by Jason Maas, and a reception for Maas and Lieberman’s “Clear and Present Danger,” will begin at 6 PM on the 25th, and include a two-hour performance by artist Maiko Kikuchi and live music from The Judy Blooms and other bands that have yet to be announced. The exhibition will run through August 17.


"Clear and Present Danger"
Claire Lieberman and Jason Maas
July 25 - August 17, 2014
Hot Wood Arts
481 Van Brunt Street
9B 2nd Floor
Brooklyn, New York 10039

GLASS: The UrbanGlass Quarterly, a glossy art magazine published four times a year by UrbanGlass has provided a critical context to the most important artwork being done in the medium of glass for 35 years.