LINKS: Australian Glass and the Pacific Northwest
Museum of Glass presents Links: Australian Glass and the Pacific Northwest, a new exhibition featuring the work of 21 Australian and five American contemporary glass artists, opening on May 17, 2013 in the Museum’s North and Viola A. Chihuly Galleries and on view until January 2014.
This is the first American museum exhibition dedicated to the wide spectrum of Australian studio glass and the connection between artists and institutions in Australia and the Pacific Northwest.
Links: Australian Glass and the Pacific Northwest tells two related stories that began in the 1970s. In 1974, American artist Richard Marquis travelled to Australia to lecture, demonstrate and build glass studios at the invitation of the Australia Council for the Arts. Marquis’ relationship with Australian artist Nick Mount initiated a lineage of blown glass artists in Australia. The second story centers on kiln-formed glass and the relationship between Klaus Moje, founder of the glass workshop at Australian National University in Canberra, and the Bullseye Glass Company in Portland, OR. In 1979 Moje met Boyce Lundstrom, co-founder of Bullseye Glass Company, while at a workshop at Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, WA. At Moje’s instigation, Bullseye Glass Company developed a line of compatible, fusible glass that solved long-standing technical problems. This glass is widely used by Australian artists today.
Vicki Halper, Curator of Links: Australian Glass and the Pacific Northwest, notes, “The connections between Australia and the Pacific Northwest are longstanding and fascinating, but the differences between the art of the two regions are just as intriguing. Australians excel in fused and cold worked glass, which are not as prevalent in the Pacific Northwest. Opaque surfaces and muted colors are likewise more dominate in Australian glass than in the Pacific Northwest. Expect to be awed by what you see.”
“This exhibition is long overdue given the excellence of the work being produced in Australia, and the interest in it shown by important American museums and collectors,” states Susan Warner, Executive Director of Museum of Glass. “The museum is proud to have organized this exhibition.”
The artists represented by this exhibition include: Clare Belfrage, Giles Bettison, Gabriella Bisetto, Jane Bruce, Scott Chaseling, Cobi Cockburn, Nadège Desgenétez, Mel Douglas, Ben Edols and Kathy Elliott, Tim Edwards, Brendan Scott French, Mel George, Steve Klein, Jessica Loughlin, Dante Marioni, Richard Marquis, Klaus Moje, Tom Moore, Nick Mount, Stephen Proctor, Kirstie Rea, Tom Rowney, April Surgent, Janice Vitkovsky and Richard Whiteley. Approximately four pieces from each artist will be in the exhibition for a total of 92 pieces.
Museum of Glass will present 17 weeks of visiting artists, most of whom are represented in the exhibition, over the summer of 2013. Visitors will have the rare opportunity to see these artists at work in the Hot Shop and attend their lectures at the conclusion of each of their residencies. The first of these residencies features Nick Mount with Richard Marquis- two of the artists who forged the first links between Australia and the Pacific Northwest.
On Saturday, May 18 at 3:30 p.m. Museum of Glass will host a panel discussion about the exhibition in the Hot Shop including Nadège Desgenétez, Jeremy Lepisto, Richard Marquis, Dante Marioni and Klaus Moje, and moderated by Richard Whiteley, head of the glass workshop at the School of Art, Australian National University in Canberra. The discussion will be streamed live around the world and shown at Australian National University in Canberra on Sunday, May 19 at 9:30 a.m. (EDT).
A full color catalog co-published by University of Washington Press will accompany the exhibition. Essayists include Vicki Halper (Seattle) a specialist in art of the Pacific Northwest and American craft, esteemed Australian art historians Grace Cochrane (Sydney) and Margot Osborne (Adelaide), and Lani McGregor (Portland, OR), co-owner of Bullseye Glass and director of Bullseye Gallery. A DVD will be available in fall 2013 showing glass processes and interviews with makers.
Ben Edols, (Australian, born 1967), Kathy Elliott, (Australian, born 1964). Reclining Capillary Leaf, 2009. Hot-formed and wheel-cut glass. Courtesy of the artists.