October 29, 2011 - June 19, 2012
Organized by Habatat Galleries
Gathering: John Miller and Friends showcases 26 super-sized Venetian-style goblets created by Miller between 1996 and 2011 in collaboration with some of his colleagues and friends. Miller selected these artists based on their contributions to the advancement of the contemporary glass movement. Each collaborating artist offered his or her artistic and technical expertise to create the stem, or vertical element that connects the cup to the base of the goblet, that references a current or past body of work. In most cases, Miller completed each goblet by producing a cup and foot and assembling the goblets in his studio. Several of the goblets were created in the Museum of Glass Hot Shop during Miller’s Visiting Artist residencies in 2010 and 2011.
“The elegant form of the Venetian goblet was the initial inspiration for this series,” states Miller. “The traditional goblet is one of the most challenging functional glass forms to create. The exaggerated scale transformed the objects—the vessels became more sculptural and demanded attention. The form became physically challenging to the viewer and entered a new realm of significance.”
Gathering, along with many of Miller’s other series, was influenced by the work of pop artists from the 1960s. “My work reflects both a love of the immediacy of the glass material and a respect for its demanding properties. Some pieces are very formal and about glass and how it moves; others envelope a sense of humor and playfulness. I am always interested in pushing the medium to its heights.”
Collaborating artists include: Rik Allen, Martin Blank, Robert Carlson, Scott Darlington, Einar and Jamex de la Torre, Laura Donefer, Fritz Dreisbach, Jen Elek, Henry Halem, Martin Janecky, Gene Koss, Paul Marioni, Nick Mount, MOG Hot Shop Team, Jay Musler, Paul Nelson, Danny Perkins, Marc Petrovic, Ross Richmond, Richard Royal, Davide Salvadore, Therman Statom, Boyd Sugiki and Lisa Zerkowitz, Randy Walker, Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen and Jasen Johnsen.