Wednesday March 18, 2015 | by Justyna Turek

OPENING: John Moran’s solo exhibition at the S12 Gallery in Norway

FILED UNDER: Exhibition, News, Opening

A solo exhibition “Youth_Anasia” by provocative American glass artist John Moran opening this Friday, March 20th, at the gallery of S12 in Bergen, Norway. Currently residing in Gent, Belgium, this emerging artist is known for his willingness to take on controversial subjects in his work. Moran’s practice reflects his interest in politics, philosophy, religion, and human social behavior. He is one of the rare artists using glass for work that explores social justice, awareness of conflicts, and government controls. The exhibition, which will run through April 19, 2015, features new works he made during his residency at S12, as well as earlier work, organized around the theme of youth.

Gallery S 12 in Bergen, Norway is known from encouraging interdisciplinary collaboration between glass and various art forms, which makes it a perfect match for an artist such as  Moran. On his personal Website, he calls himself an “artist extraordinaire,” itself a tongue-in-cheek provocation. His works are often a response to social imbalances he sees in everything from consumption to religious dogma. Only Moran could pull off a pieta with Ronald McDonald taking the place of Mary.

“In many ways, my work is an attempt to poke fun and react to some of the instances and events in contemporary society,"Moran told the GLASS Quarterly Hot Sheet in a 2013 interview.  "I am trying to find a path to navigate between satire and seriousness to create a memorable, emotional experience and hopefully leave enough room to consider what is at the base.”

Moran is the most concerned, in his works, on context and the message. He wants to obtain the strongest outcome that he can truly imagine. To make the viewer to question his or her own sense of reality.


March 20 - April 19, 2015
S12 Galleri og Verksted
Skostredet 12
5017 Bergen
Tel:  + 47 55 31 53 10

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