Hot for Glass!
Contemporary Glass from L.A. Collections
April 3, 2003 :: No.186
|Mary Ann "Toots" Zynsky
molded glass threads
8-3/4" x 8-3/4"
Kunst Macht Frei, 1999
found objects, electronics and neon
20" x 12" x 24"
|Howard Ben Tré
Cast Form 68, 1989
cast glass column with gold leaf and pigmented waxes
36" x 7" x 5-1/4"
Hot for Glass! Contemporary Art from L.A.
Collections presents 90 works of contemporary art glass by 48 internationally
known artists represented in over 20 private collections in the
Los Angeles area. Organized in conjunction with the Glass Alliance
of Los Angeles (GALA) as part of the 2003 California Glass Exchange
hosted by Cal State Fullerton, this exhibition is not a survey.
Instead, it makes its point about the vitality of current work in
the glass medium by drawing on the extensive collections of GALA's
collector membership and their friends.
Works range from the exquisite vessels of Dale Chilhuly
and Mary Ann "Toots" Zynsky to whimsical assemblages of
neon and found objects by Michael Flechntner and the powerful geometric
cast glass sculpture of Howard Ben Tré. In addition, Southern
California artist Therman Statom has created an installation specifically
for this exhibition. Other artists are Hank Murta Adams, David Bennett,
Giles Bettison, Martin Blank, Daniel Clayman, Dan Dailey, Einar
& Jamex de La Torre, Michael Flechtner, Michael Glancy, Katherine
Gray, David R. Huchthausen, Toshio Iezumi, Joey Kirpatrick &
Flora Mace, Steve Klein, Jon Kuhn, Silvia Levenson, Stanislav Libensky
& Jaroslava Brychtová, Marvin Lipofsky, Harvey K. Littleton,
John Luebtow, Dante Marioni, Paul Marioni, Richard Marquis, Koichi
Matsufuji, Josiah McElheny, Klaus Moje, Benjamin P. Moore, William
Morris, Jay P. Musler, Joel Philip Myers, Clifford Rainey, Seth
Randal, David Reekie, Ginny Ruffner, Livio Seguso, Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend,
Lino Tagliapietra, Karla Tinkley, Bertil Vallien, Frantisek Vizner,
Jack Wax, Steven Weinberg, Ann Wolff (a.k.a Ann Warff) and Dana
Anne Cohen, current GALA president, comments that
"members of the Glass Alliance of Los Angeles hope that this
exhibition will ignite interest and will educate [the viewer] about
how contemporary studio glass art has evolved to where it is now—from
the vessels of the late '60s to contemporary sculpture…."
Work in the exhibition is viewed from several perspectives:
"History," an homage to the pioneers of the contemporary
glass movement; "Content," which is labeled "politics,
justice and poetry;" "Form/Manner," including figurative,
sculpture/abstraction; and "Beyond Tradition," the vessel
revisited and defining the elements of style in contemporary glass.
A 48-page catalogue documenting the exhibition will
be available mid-April.
||Marilyn Moore, Art Gallery Office at 657-278-7750
Elizabeth Champion, College of the Arts at 657-278-2434
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