Luminaries in the Canadian Art Scene

September 24th 2010 – January 2nd 2011

Curated by Christian Bernard Singer






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Most glass artists first experience the medium by learning how to centre the glass on a blowpipe and blowing that first bubble. It is akin to learning how to centre a ball of clay on the wheel and pulling that first successful vessel. Not only do both require a mastering of skills that date back thousands of years but they must eventually find ways to make the medium their own.

The creation and manufacture of glass objects throughout history has required invention, discovery, and development of numerous techniques and processes dictated by desire, intent, or necessity. These include blowing, casting, slumping, cutting, grinding, polishing, and engraving. There are many more we know about and yet many more we have yet to discover. However, it is important to note that the material itself comes out of the technological appropriation from the worlds of ceramics and metals – unabashed pilfering in fact – it is like ceramics without the clay where the glaze is its own supporting body.

This exhibition shares in a part of this continuous creative journey by some of Canada’s best and most interesting pioneering glass artists working today. The works in this exhibition represent a stunning array of technical and aesthetic approaches to working with glass from such hot processes as blowing, hot-forming, slumping, and various casting methods to cold-working processes such as cutting, grinding, tumbling, etching, and assemblage. Many of the works also incorporate other materials and practices such as metals, bronze and aluminium casting, stone, multimedia, digital media, and installation.

The physical essence of glass being composed of quartz silica sand, the medium has a built-in connection to geological time and to the natural world. Therefore, many of the artists in this exhibition instinctively and consciously reference time, place, science, and nature. Although an enduring material, glass is also fragile, precious, and luminous, leading others to explore notions psychological and emotional factors related to the human experience.

GLASS FACTOR: Luminaries in the Canadian Art Glass Scene presents works by Brad Copping, Laura Donefer, Susan Edgerley, Alfred Engerer, Irene Frolic, Catherine Hibbits, David James, Michèle Lapointe, Lou Lynn, Francis Muscat, Susan Rankin, Donald Robertson, John Paul Robinson, Tyler Rock, Karl Schantz, Orest Tataryn, Ione Thorkelsson, and Koen Vanderstukken. Additional works by Daniel Crichton, Lisette Lemieux, Kevin Lockau, Peter Powning, Tim Whiten, and others are also presented thanks to the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery’s growing Permanent Collection.