Tag Archive | Blown Glass

Telephone By Randy Polumbo

Phone Booth
All Photos By Gail

Telephone is a sculpture made from a re-purposed phone booth filled with blown glass, aluminum, silver and LEDS. Anyone familiar with local artist Randy Polumbo from Previous Posts here on The Gig will recognize his work immediately.

Phone Booth Detail
Telephone Interior Detail

Photographed at the Portal Art Fair, held at Federal Hall National Memorial in NYC, May 2016.

Update: Randy informs me that this piece is on exhibit at The Hollows, located at 151 Bedford Ave. (between N8 and N9) in Williamsburg, Brooklyn for most of the Summer, too!

Phone Booth

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Goblet Collection at the Museum of Arts and Design

Three Blue Goblets
All Photos By Gail

If you happen to pay a visit to the Museum of Arts and Design, be sure to take the stairs to travel between floors, because it is in the stairwell that you will find the museum’s stunning goblet collection.

Full Goblet Display

MAD’s collection of goblets reveals the diversity of approaches taken by artists and designers to create this common vessel. The goblets range from those inspired by historic Venetian masterworks to mass produced pieces, to non-functional works by artists who make reference to the basic form.

Zipper Goblet

There are advantages and disadvantages to having the goblets right up against the glass window, in that the natural light and transparency create favorable display conditions, but it’s challenging to get photos that don’t have, say,  a crosstown bus, or the facade of the CVS Drug Store across the street in the background. First World Problems.

Four Goblets

Open 24 Hours!

Deco Goblets

The center goblet, above, appears to pay homage to Bee Keeping. Nice.

Spiny Goblet

The orange, spiny goblet reminds me of some of the pieces in This Post.

Red Double Goblet

I love that this one has a collection of tiny goblets inside the cup!

The Museum of Arts and Design is Located at 2 Columbus Circle in NYC.

Katherine Gray’s A Rainbow Like You

A Rainbow Like You
All Photos By Gail

No matter how confident I ever am that I know most of the street level galleries in Chelsea, today I stopped it to the Heller Gallery on Tenth Avenue and asked how long they’d been open, since this was the first time I’d noticed them. The answer, which was quite unexpected, is that they’ve been at that location almost two years! How have I missed that? I have a few ideas.

A Rainbow Like You

What had initially sucked me in off the street was a collection of blown glass works in the window. When I stepped farther back into the gallery, however, my eyes were dazzled by this piece by artist Katherine Gray, entitled A Rainbow Like You (2015); an installation of blown glass, acrylic and lightning. I couldn’t help but think of the work of artist Dale Chihuly; specifically, in his Persian Ceiling Gallery, which is beyond breathtaking.

A Rainbow Like You 2

This work sells for $25,000.

Heller Gallery is Located at 303 10th Ave. (between 27th and 28th Streets) in the Chelsea Gallery District.

1 Percent Nor’Easter Collection Pop Up Shop and Gallery

Gallery View
All Photos By Gail

When I was invited to an exhibit of “Functional Art Glass,” my first reaction was, WTF is Functional Art Glass? Then I read a little bit further into the press release and realized that, back in the day, a piece of Functional Art Glass was referred to as a Water Pipe, or a Bong. And now, it is functional art! I can’t tell you how much I love knowing this. As Andy Warhol once said, “Art is What You Can Get Away With.”

1 Percent Card

Celebrating Twenty Years in business, lifestyle accessories brand 1Percent, one of the leading online retailers for smoking accessories, is currently hosting a gallery showcase, pop-up shop, and a series of events in New York City for the month of January. The gallery features over 75 unique glass sculptures in the Nor’Easter Collection, and you can see why these pieces have risen the status of collectable art. Nor’Easter is a celebration of pipe culture from respected glass artists spanning across the east coast, including MTP, JOP!, Coyle and Slinger.

Coyle
Artist Coyle (AKA Dan Coyle) Works on a Pipe

For fans and collectors alike, 1Percentwill provide a one-on-one exclusive experience with Brandon Long, the gallery curator, as he explains the basics of functional glass, the innovators, and the outlook for high-end glass collectors with the current glass renaissance. I was lucky enough to get a VIP guided tour of the glass with Brandon, and his knowledge is not only impressive but his stories are fun and engaging.

Slinger + EF Norris Grateful to Be American
Slinger + EF Norris, Grateful to Be American, Price: $10,800

Brandon knows many of these artists personally and is familiar with their education, techniques and methods of creating these pipes. He had a fascinating anecdote about every piece in the gallery! I will attempt to recall some of what he said in my captions for the photos to follow.

Munny Glass Scorpion

Many other artists have made glass versions the popular Dunny vinyl toy before Coyle, but he was likely the first to turn to turn it into a functioning rig called a Munny. Coyles’ The Munny Project book can also be viewed in the gallery. The pieces above are a collaboration with JAG (Just Another Glass Blower) and sell for about $7,500 each. The Glass Scorpion is by Toby Upton.

Munny Project Side View

Here’s another detail shot.

MTP Mismatched Mini Tube

The above Mismatched Mini Tube by artist MTP was the first water pipe manufactured in Manhattan, according to Brandon. It is literally made up of many mismatched glass pieces fused together and includes inlaid opals. Price: $2,100. What a bargain.

MTP Mismatched Mini Tube

Just looking at it makes me feel high.

Diet + LIG Joe Hickory Dickory Dock

This piece is called Hickory Dickory Dock, and it is one of my favorites in the show. Created by artists Diet and LIG (Long Island Glass), the images on this piece — which remind me very much of the art of Travis Louie — were created via a sandblasting technique. Unbelievable. Price: $2000.

JOP Black Doll

Artist JOP (Josh Opdenaker) made this Black Doll using a vintage doll face mold. Creepy Cool! Price: $3,000

Coyle Trapped

Coyle’s Trapped features tiny glass men trapped within individual glass bubbles. Price: $4500.

African Stag Beetle + Submarine

How gorgeous is this thing? Created by Th3y for Bear Mountain Studios, Submarine, as it is called, will set you back $3,800.

Also: African Stag Beetle by Toby Upton. Price: $850.

Submarine Opal Detail

Another detail shot of opals that are part of Submarine.

Jop Slinger Pink Chicken

Because this post needed a Pink Thing: Jop!+ Slinger’s Pink Chicken Price: $3000.

As part of the NYC pop up, 1Percent will also offer free rolling classes,  ranging from a beginner class – where one can learn the basics of paper types, sizes, and how to use a rolling machine, all the way to advanced rolling – where more experienced rollers can learn how to craft the infamous “Cross Joint” as seen in hilarious film, Pineapple Express. Ah, James Franco was never better.

Frit + Hodouken Flower Tube

If your looking to pick up some glass for under four figures there are bargains in the basement, such as this lovely Flower Tube by Frit + Hodouken. Price: $650.

Glass Claw Pendents

And jewelry, such as these Glass Claw Pendents for just $150.

Tommy Chong
“Dave’s Not Here.”

On the day I visited, the legendary Tommy Chong was in the house after hosting a special Rolling Class for winners of an online contest. Was he in an altered sate? Probably.

The 1Percent Pop Up Shop and Nor’Easter Collection, Located at 143 Ludlow Street (Stanton and Rivington) will run through January 31st, 2015 and is open to the public seven days a week. Hours are 1 – 9:00 PM Sunday -Thursday and 1 – 10:00 PM Friday and Saturday. For additional information on the artists, rolling classes, guided tours or exclusive specialty events please visit 1 Percent Dot NYC.

Nor'Easter Pop Up Shop Signage

Randy Polumbo Presents Tunnel of Love

Randy Polombo Street Blossom
All Photos By Gail

Randy Polumbo’s delightful Love Stream Trailer installation at Steven Kasher Gallery was one of our favorite exhibits of 2112, so what a special surprise it was to stumble upon Randy’s latest work in the midst of our very ambitious September 11th Art Crawl!

Randy Polombo Traffic Signal
Traffic Signal

Polumbo’s pop up installation, Tunnel of Love currently resides in the space at 511 West 27th Street formerly occupied by the Paul Kasmin Shop (which is moving locations). That narrow storefront has been transformed into a reflective-surfaced  silver space whose walls and contents tend to disorient in the same manner as a carnival fun house attraction, and that is exactly the appeal. The Tunnel of Love  pulls you off of the street and immediately immerses you in a fantasy world where everything is source of wonder. People were literally freaking out in this place.

Green Bulbs

On display are several few Polumbo’s signature blown glass floral lamp sculptures, some of which look more phallic than others.

Flower Bulbs with Silver Cushions

At the rear of the “Tunnel” are stacked silver fabric cushions that we also saw inside the Love Steam, where you can rest your feet and enjoy the visuals! Also, Selfies!

Ceiling Installation
Ceiling Installation

Randy Polumbo was at the installation on the night I stopped by (the exhibition had just opened the previous evening) and let me tell you, he is handsome like a movie star. I had the chance to talk to him about how much I enjoyed the Love Stream Trailer, and he was very nice and seemed genuinely appreciative that I already knew his art. What a cool guy!

Randy Polombo Crystal Handbag
Illuminated Crystal Handbag Video Installation

Randy Polumbo’s Tunnel of Love Installation will be up at 511 West 27th Street (Between 10th and 11th Avenues) Until October 25th, 2014. The space is open late (until 8 PM ) On Wednesdays and Thursdays. Find Out More About the Art of Randy Polumbo at Polumbo Dot Com.

Flower Bulb Light

Randy Polumbo’s Love Stream at Steven Kasher Gallery

Love Stream Photo from Kasher Website
Photo Above Courtesy of Steven Kasher Gallery. All Other Photos by Gail.

Randy Polumbo’s Love Stream installation was a last minute addition to this week’s art crawl thanks exclusively to an enticing blurb in the weekend edition of Daily Candy. So, props to Daily Candy for turning us on to a thoroughly squeal-inducing exhibit! Seriously you’ve gotta check this one out!

Love Stream Trailer Exterior By Randy Polumbo

Love Stream Rear Exterior Shot

In Polumbo’s most ambitious and monumental work to date, the artist has transformed a vintage Airstream aluminum trailer into a stimulating experiential wonderland that is both part amusement park attraction and part Freudian intervention.

Love Stream Featuring Gail By Randy Polumbo

It’s Me! In the Love Stream!

Surprisingly, there was not much of a wait to explore the interior of the Love Stream, decked out as it is like Warhol’s Factory in silver upholstered cushions! We want to live in it!

Love Stream Wall Flower Fixture By Randy Polumbo

Also part of the exhibit are a series of hand-blown crystal Udder formations (we do not have any photos of those, but they are pretty cool) and techno-organic Wallflowers of glass and aluminum that are illuminated with LEDs to create a bioluminescent frenzy on the gallery walls. Bioluminescence!

Love Stream Standing Flower Fixture By Randy Polumbo

Polumbo combines glass and innovative lighting to create environments that speak to our world of pleasure and sensuality. He invites viewers to immerse themselves in an exotic and lurid Garden of Eden blooming with voluptuous hand-blown glass flora sprouting from every surface. As subtly hinted at by the detail on this  sculpture, seen below, Polumbo has previously created art with repurposed sex toys, and his work is also on exhibit at NYC’s Museum Of Sex. We recommend a visit there as well.

Love Stream Fixture Close Up By Randy Polumbo

Randy Polumbo’s Love Stream will be on Exhibit Through September 29th, 2012, so don’t delay in planning your visit! Steven Kasher Gallery is Located at 521 West 23rd Street, Street Level, New York, NY 10011. Gallery Hours are Tuesday – Saturday 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

Love Stream By Randy Polumbo Sign

Love Stream Interior 2 By Randy Polumbo

Glass Balloons Sculpture

Glass Balloons Sculpture

Glass Balloons Sculpture photographed by me in Tanglewood gift shop, Lenox, Massachusetts during Berkshires Adventure Weekend, Summer of 2012.