Parenthetically Speaking: It's Only a Figure of Speech

July 2, 2011 – April 29, 2012

Organized by Museum of Glass, Mildred Howard and Gallery Paule Anglim

Parenthetically Speaking: It’s Only a Figure of Speech is a new collection of work by San Francisco-based artist Mildred Howard comprising more than 40 glass punctuation marks, proofreading symbols and musical notes.  Howard's inspiration for the work came from At the End, a poem by her friend and Peabody Award-winner Quincy Troupe.  Both the poem and the exhibition reference punctuation as a metaphor for the passage of time.  “Life is a series of questions,” comments Howard.  “As soon as you answer one, you’re on to the next.”

Howard began working on the series while she was an artist in residence at Pilchuck Glass School in 2010.  She continued to create objects for the exhibition during a Visiting Artist residency at the Museum of Glass in January, 2011.  The individual sculptures are made in opaque red or black glass and will be installed on charcoal gray walls in the gallery.  Troupe’s poem will also be presented in the exhibition space.   

Howard’s Blackbird in a Red Sky (a.k.a. Fall of the Blood House) was one of the Museum’s acclaimed inaugural outdoor art installations displayed on the Mezzanine Plaza in 2002.  The piece consisted of a house made of red glass panes set alongside dozens of red glass apples floating in the reflecting pool.






Saturday, July 2
10am - 1pm

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Image credits:
Mildred Howard (American, born 1945), Punctucation Marks (Exclamation Point, Curly Brackets, Semicolon), 2011.  Blown glass, 36 x 16 x 10, 30 x 10 x 7 and 12 x 7 x5 inches, courtesy of the artist and Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA. Photos by Duncan Price.

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