Recent Masterworks from the Visiting Artist Residency Program

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October 9, 2010 – October 16, 2011

Organized by Museum of Glass

The Museum of Glass presents a new exhibition featuring an eclectic body of innovative work created by Visiting Artists in the Museum’s Hot Shop. Fertile Ground: Recent Masterworks from the Visiting Artist Residency Program showcases 33 works made in the Hot Shop by artists from around the world with the expert assistance of the Museum’s Hot Shop Team.

The Museum of Glass Hot Shop serves an incubator for ideas for a multi-generational community of glassblowers. Located in the epicenter of contemporary studio glass, the Museum is evolving as a vital force and steward of the history of the Studio Glass movement. Artists who participate in the Visiting Artist Residency Program range from emerging to world-renowned, from artists who have never before worked with the material to leaders in glass techniques. This exhibition documents the artistry and craftsmanship, determination and physical stamina, camaraderie and shared commitment of a selection of these artists as they created their masterful works.

Fertile Ground is organized around four major themes: imagination, perception, navigation and inspiration. The objects that comprise these groupings present traditional themes in a new light. Imagination includes works that depict enchanted worlds, from Richard Meitner’s Sorcerer’s Apprentice I (2010) which pays homage to the popular children’s story of the same name, to the whimsical character Burracio (2010), a member of the fictional Mochichi tribe envisioned by artists Kéké Cribbs and Ross Richmond of ROSSKIKI.

Perception demands visual scrutiny by viewers and delves into subthemes of meditation and illumination. Benjamin Cobb’s abstract Visceral Stomach (2010) begs the question of how something so refined can be inspired by internal organs, while John Kiley’s Push (2010) elegantly illustrates how glass serves as a lens that can magnify the viewer’s vision. Pavel Mrkus’s Hotshop Resampled (2010) recounts his Hot Shop experience through sound and video.

In Navigation, looks at how we navigate in contemporary society. Some of the pieces represented in this theme include Silver Loaf (2010), Alex Stisser’s sculpture of a vintage Airstream trailer; Patrick Martin’s Untitled (2010), a pair of politically-charged glass flip-flops imprinted with imagery of former President George Bush; and Marvin Lipofsky’s Tacoma Series 2001-9 #1 (Berkeley to Tacoma I-5) (2007-09). Inspiration looks at both neo-nostalgic subjects, including Gabe Feenan’s imaginative red and white striped goblet, Ode to the Colonel (2010), and themes that have endured through the ages, such as Lynda Benglis’ Benglis’ Tribal Chief (2010) and Preston Singletary’s and Marcus Amerman’s Goes to War (2010), glass masks that celebrate the human visage.

All of the works included in Fertile Ground are relatively new, created between 2007 and 2010, and most of the 33 objects will be displayed to the public for the first time in this exhibition. Accompanying the glass pieces are 17 large-scale photo murals of the artists at work in the Hot Shop as well as video interviews with many of the featured artists.


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Image credits:  All works collection of Museum of Glass, gifts of the artists.
1.   Preston Singletary (American, born 1963) and Marcus Amerman (Choctaw, born 1959), Goes to War, 2009.  Blown and sandcarved glass, 10 1/4 x 8 1/4 x 7 inches.
2.   Richard Craig Meitner (American, born 1949), Sorcerer's Apprentice 1, 2010. 
Blown glass,
41 x 27 3/4 x 28 1/4 inches. Photo by Duncan Price.
3.  Roberley Bell (American, born 1955),
Blue with Orange Dots FBGS #9, 2009.  Hot‑blown glass, artificial flower, and plastic swim ring, 22 x 19 inches.  Photo by Duncan Price.
4.  John Kiley (American, born 1973), Push, 2010.  Blown, carved, and polished glass, 14 1/2 x 12 x 12 1/2 inches. Photo by Jeff Curtis

5.  Lino Tagliapietra (Italian, born 1934), Dinosaur, 2007.  Blown colorless glass, turned axis; inciso cutting, 55 x 17 x 6 1/2 inches.  Photo by Russell Johnson

6.  Richard Notkin (American, born 1948), Blowin' in the Wind (Study #3), 2009.  Blown and hot‑sculpted glass, hand‑carved stoneware, and glaze, 6 3/4 x 11 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches.
Patrick Martin (American, born 1964. Untitled (detail), 2010.
8.  Marvin Lipofsky (American, born 1938), Tacoma Series 2007‑9 #1 (Berkeley to Tacoma I‑5), 2007‑09.  Semi‑mold‑blown glass; cut, ground by hand, sandblasted, and acid‑polished, 14 1/2 x 20 x 16 inches. Photo by Lee Fatherree.

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