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Exhibit | Hawk Galleries, Urban Arts Space

Post Time:Jul 20,2009Classify:Industry NewsView:379


Glass, for all its fragility, is remarkably malleable and versatile.

"BIGG: Breakthrough Ideas in Global Glass," a large exhibit in two Downtown venues, exemplifies the dynamic visions of 43 international artists who play with glass in unique and beautiful ways.

The must-see show is at Hawk Galleries and the Ohio State University Urban Arts Space.

Artists approach the medium in a variety of ways. Sometimes, glass is merely the vehicle for transmitting a larger idea or particular narrative.

In other works, the glass itself becomes the focus, allowing the viewer to revel in the sheer beauty of the medium.

Hawk Galleries
In Vectoral Tower and Spine, Vanessa Cutler uses ribbon-thin strips of water-jet cut glass and makes circular segments that are then uniformly stacked to create tubular objects. Though abstract, they resemble models for modern architectural designs.

Sungsoo Kim's Rediscovery 090101 and 090102 -- stacks of cast glass that are also architectural in structure -- play with color, texture and opacity.

The figurative blown-glass Solitude by Richard Price uses a wonderful combination of colors and gilt to create the skin of a woman.

Eun-Suh Choi's installation Reincarnation best embodies the fragility of glass and its play with light. Large and small cocoonlike balls are suspended from the ceiling. Made from borosilicate glass, the latticework eggs are dainty and gorgeous.

Urban Arts Space
Tiefe #2/Depth #2 and Blossom III -- playful bowls by Veronika Beckh -- are ultramodern in their minimal use of line, curve and form.

Beckh also experiments vividly with surface treatments, contrasting matte surfaces with mirrored ones, or dark colors opposite lighter tones.

In Breath, Pallbearers and Buoy, Mielle Riggie use pate de verre to create large, fragile

leaves with precise textural details. Each leaf, as if sculpted from ice, seems alive.

Scott Darlington's The Glass Pyramid is a large installation of transparent blown glass, imposing in size yet fragile in how the blocks are assembled to create tension and contradiction.

Finally, Karen Reid's large installation Creek is remarkable. Nine pieces of cast-optic crystal resemble strips of frozen water. The inertia of the icelike forms is balanced by Reid's use of line, form and texture to give the river of glass a sense of movement and flow.

Source: http://www.columbusdispatch.comAuthor: shangyi

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