Rachel Owens, whose broken-glass-and-resin foot graces the cover of this issue, employs glass for the same light-mediating qualities that draw so many sculptors. But she is especially focused on its metaphoric resonance. Broken green glass, which she began to notice on the sidewalks of her Greenpoint, Brooklyn, neighborhood shortly after moving to New York and which has become a primary material in her work, is rich with associations of consumption and violence—two forces she zeroes in on in her critique of the excesses of our culture of rampant consumerism and its dire implications for the natural world.
Beth Lipman unveils new work at New York City gallery; the Glass Art Society honors Harvey Littleton in a new lecture series debuting at its 2015 conference; two collaborators from Finland create labor-intensive blown-glass comics; Ione Thorkelssohn’s dual exhibitions in Ottowa engage biologies synthetic and natural; a new artist fellowship debuts at MassArt in memory of Kanik Chung; Corning is the first museum to use its parent company’s Gorilla Glass to make display cases disappear; with a botanical installation and an opera stage set, Dale Chihuly takes Norfolk, Virginia; Venice exhibition presents virtuosic skill in a contemporary art context; the traveling “European Glass Experience” exhibition moves to Murano.
Marita Dingus at Traver Gallery, Seattle; Amber Cowan and Charlotte Potter at Heller Gallery, New York; Jean-Simon Trottier and Montserrat Duran Muntadas at Espace VERRE, Montreal; Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian at the Guggenheim Museum, New York.
Meet three of the visiting artists who come to UrbanGlass throughout the year to explore glass and create new bodies of work
Out of Shards: Comparing the broken-glass sculpture of Josepha Gasch-Muche and Marta Klonowska