Sunday August 2, 2015 | by Victoria Josslin

Glass well-represented at the first Seattle Art Fair

FILED UNDER: Art Market, Events, Exhibition, News

Seattle is basking in its inaugural art fair this weekend, enjoying good press, good crowds, good weather, and an encouraging number of red dots. The glass art shown at the 2015 Seattle Art Fair, which opened on July 30 and ended today, represents a wide range of invention and ideas. 

Seattle galleries showed Etsuko Ichikawa’s glass pyrography (drawings made by pulling molten glass across paper) and several examples of Dustin Yellin’s Psychogeography, collage and resin trapped between layers of glass (both from Winston Wächter Fine Art); glass bead sculpture by Sherry Markovitz (Greg Kucera Gallery); and blown and cut sculpture by John Kiley (Traver Gallery).

Abmeyer + Wood had hand-blown and hot-sculpted glass by Ross Richmond, whose work over time seems to come from increasingly enigmatic dreams. Abmeyer + Wood also showed a William Morris Mazorca Installation from 2004, with the head-turning price of $950,000.

Jane Rosen’s hand-blown and pigmented glass raptors came from the Gail Severn Gallery, in Ketchum, Idaho; and cast glass figures by Nicolas Africano were shown by Jenkins Johnson Gallery, of San Francisco, and also by the Nancy Hoffman Gallery, in New York. Seoul’s Gana Gallery included work by Lee Sung-Mi, who collects smashed automobile glass from wrecking yards and suspends it in resin to create large, serene disks.

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 more than 40 years.