Tag Archive | Glass

Eye On Design: Presence – Absence Table By Germans Ermics

Presence - Absence Table
All Photos By Gail

Amsterdam-based designer Germans Ermics has worked extensively with frosted, ombre and colored glass in his furniture design studio. The Presence – Absence Table expands on his ideas with a design made from  hardened laminated glass mirror with graduation from 100% Mirror to 100% Red Glass. It is really quire stunning.

Presence - Absence Table

Presence – Absence was originally created in collaboration with Iskos – Berlin for the Side by Side Outside SE exhibition at the Danish Museum of Art & Design in 2017.  A statement on the table is below:

“The clearest way to perceive and define the world is through negation, through opposites:

We understand the meaning of light when it becomes dark; we first understand what our parents mean for us when they are gone; the presence of loved ones is truly grasped in their absence.
Presence and Absence walk together – Side by Side – as inseparable as day and night”

Presence - Absence Table

Photographed at The Salon Art & Design in NYC. Limited Edition of 8 Pieces, Available from Galerie Maria Wettergren, Paris.

Eye On Design: Kyoto Table By Shiro Kuramata

Kyoto Table
Photos By Gail

Born in Tokyo in 1934, Shiro Kuramata studied at the city’s polytechnic high school and Kuwsawa Design School. He revolutionized design in postwar Japan by considering the relationship between form and function, adhering to minimalist ideas but embracing surrealism as well. During the 1970s and 1980s, Kuramata began to use new technologies and industrial materials. He was inspired by Ettore Sottsass and joined the Memphis Group at its founding in 1981.

Kyoto Table Detail
Kyoto Table, Detail

The Kyoto Table (1983) is an example Kuramata’s innovative use of concrete and glass to create minimalist form with surface interest. Kuramata’s furniture and interiors have been influential both is his native country and abroad.

Photographed in the Met Breuer in NYC.

Cheers to a Wonderful 2018!

Champagne Flute
Photo By Gail

Hey Bitches, it’s been one Hell of a year, amiright? If you’re reading this, congratulations on making it out alive, and thanks for continuing to check in on the raddest pop culture blog on the interwebs! I appreciate your readership, referrals, comments, likes and shares! Let’s keep the love going in 2018! Celebrate safely tonight, and Happy New Year!

Glass Kimono

Glass Kimono
All Photos By Gail

If you live in or near Palm Springs, California, you still have just over a week to see this cast glass sculpture of a disembodied Kimono, which is called Ojigi-Bowing (2010) by artist Karen LaMonte.

Ojigi-Bowing

Check out the detail on this piece — I love it!

Photographed as Part of the Exhibit, Glass for the New Millennium: Masterworks from the Kaplan-Ostergaard Collection, On View Through March 7th, 2017 at the Palm Springs Art Museum.

Glass Kimono

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

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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.

Modern Art Monday Presents: Marcel Duchamp’s To Be Looked at (from the Other Side of the Glass) with One Eye, Close to, for Almost an Hour

To Be Looked at (from the Other Side of the Glass) with One Eye, Close to, for Almost an Hour
Photo By Gail

Inscribed on a strip of metal glued across the approximate center of this work are the words of its title, suggesting that viewers look through the lens that Duchamp mounted between two panes of glass and haloed in concentric circles. The title of this work, which Duchamp said he “intended to sound like an oculist’s prescription,” tells the viewer exactly how to look at it. But peering through the convex lens embedded in the work’s glass “for almost an hour” would have a hallucinatory effect, the view being dwarfed, flipped, and otherwise distorted.

Meanwhile, the viewer who is patiently following the title’s instruction is put on display for anyone else walking by. Duchamp called To Be Looked At . . . his “small glass,” to distinguish it from his famous Large Glass of 1915–23. He made this work while living in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he had fled earlier in 1918 to escape the oppressive atmosphere of the United States during World War I. When he shipped it back to New York, the glass cracked in transit, an effect that delighted the artist.

Photographed in the Museum of Modern Art 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.

Modern Art Monday Presents: Untitled (Night Train) By David Hammons

Night Train
Photos By Gail

This Sculpture / Installation, Untitled (Night Train) (1989) by African-American artist David Hammons had just been re-rotated into display from the permanent collection at MOMA when I visited earlier this month, and I think it’s really terrific.

David Hammons has risen to prominence while at the same time consciously ducking the attention of critics, galleries and museums, preferring to “do things in the street.” A recipient of both a MacArthur Foundation Genius Award and a Pric de Rome, Hammons places himself as an artist between Arte Povera and Marcel Duchamp. He makes his art from refuse and the detritus of African-American life: chicken wings, Thunderbird and Night Train bottles, clippings from dreadlocks, basketball hoops, etc. Hammons‘ deeply felt political views on race and cultural stereotypes give his witty and elegant sculptures, installations, and body prints an integrity that promises to keep the focus on his art rather than on his career.

David Hammons lives and works in NYC.

Night Train

Modern Art Monday Presents: Gilberto Zorio Crystal Star with Javelins

Gilberto Zorio Crystal Star with Javelins
Crystal Star with Javelins, 1977, Glass and Steel (Photo By Gail)

Stars and Javelins are two reoccurring themes in the work of Italian sculptor, performance artist and conceptual artist Gilberto Zorio (Born 1944), who is an artist I admit I don’t know much about. I like the reflective qualities of this piece however, and the fact that it is a sculpture mounted on the wall, which is always fun. Crystal Star with Javelins is part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

Must See Seattle Attraction: Chihuly Garden and Glass

Chihuly Garden and Glass Signage
Persian Ceiling Gallery, All Photos By Gail

Sometimes, you can see something so beautiful that it invades your imagination forever. I have been a fan of Glass Artist Dale Chihuly for years, but have never seen a comprehensive exhibit of his large scale works in person until I had the opportunity to visit Chihuly Garden and Glass during my recent stay in Seattle. While it is inarguably a beautiful city with innumerable natural attractions and tourist destinations, if you can visit only one notable spot on a trip to Seattle, go to Chihuly Garden and Glass. This place will completely and totally blow your mind and it is absolutely unlike any attraction you can see anywhere else.

I have been to museums and botanical gardens of all kinds all over the country, but have never before seen works of art and nature as consistently gorgeous as I did at Chihuly. Made up of eight exhibit galleries, a theater, a glass atrium and an outdoor garden, the “Oh Wow” factor of Dale Chihuly’s magnificent glass works is just insane, but I am going to let some of the photos I took during my visit do most of the talking.

GLASS FOREST

Glass Forest

Click on Any Image to Enlarge for Detail

After passing through an introductory hallway where you can read brief, informative paragraphs on the history of Dale Chihuly’s career, you will come to the Glass Forest, the only Gallery in the museum featuring glass pieces where artificial light (in this case, neon tubing) is incorporated into the glass. The Glass Forest installation is so beautiful, it took my breath away. I could not even imagine how much more amazing it would get.

NORTHWEST ROOM

Northwest Room

Each stage of Chihuly’s work represents a series, and in the Northwest Room you can see the glass baskets he created based on traditional woven baskets made by Native Americans. The Northwest Room also contains a small cross section of Chihuly’s extensive collection of gorgeous Navajo Blankets.

SEALIFE ROOM

Sealife Room Centerpiece

The Focal Point of the Sealife Room is a ceiling-high blue glass sculpture dotted with pale amber blown glass Sea Creatures. This large piece is a good example of the modular nature of Chihuly’s sculptures of this type, in which individual glass limbs or bulbs are hung on a central, grid-like pole. This type of construction allows each installation to be site specific.

PERSIAN CEILING

Persian Ceiling2

Thousands of pieces of blown glass of all shapes and colors reflect their beauty behind the glass panels of the Persian Ceiling gallery.

Persian Ceiling Reflection

MILLE FIORE

Mille Fiori Entrance

The Mille Fiore (Thousand Flowers) Gallery is an indoor garden of otherworldly delight. I think I took a thousand photos in this room alone.

Mille Fiori Blue and Yellow Orb

Mille Fiori Green Cactuses

Mille Fiori

IKEBANA AND FLOAT BOATS

Ikebana and Float Boat

The glass pieces in these two boats represent works inspired by fishing floats and also the Japanese art of Flower Arrangement known as Ikebana.

Float Boat

CHANDELIERS

Orange Chandelier

The Chandeliers in this gallery were previously included in the 1996 exhibit, Chihuly Over Venice, where Chandeliers were hung adjacent to or over the canals in Venice, Italy.

Gold and Red Chandeliers

Aqua Chandelier

MACCHIA FOREST

Macchia Forest

These flower-like bowls are lit only from above but they appear to glow from within due to process of layering colored glass on top of a white glass base. Hilariously, Chihuly’s Mother referred to these stunning works as “The Uglies.”

Macchia Forest 3

Macchia Forest 2

THEATER

Dale Chihuly
Dale Chihuly

At the end of the indoor galleries there is a small theater where you can sit and watch a series of fascinating short films about Chihuly’s many ambitious projects including those in Las Vegas, Venice, The Citadel in Jerusalem and Finland. Do yourself a favor and watch all of them.

GLASSHOUSE

Glass House

The centerpiece of Chihuly Garden and Glass is the Glasshouse, a 40-foot tall, glass and steel structure covering 4,500 square feet of light-filled space. The Glasshouse – the result of Chihuly’s lifelong appreciation for conservatories – draws design inspiration from two of his favorite buildings: Sainte-Chapelle in Paris and the Crystal Palace in London. The installation in the Glasshouse is an expansive 1,400-piece, 100-foot long sculpture in a color palette of reds, oranges, yellows and amber. Made of many individual elements, it is one of Chihuly’s largest suspended sculptures.

Glass House 2

GARDEN

Yellow Cactus Monument

Just when you think you have seen every beautiful thing that could possibly be made of glass; get ready for your head to explode when you see the garden. On a beautiful sunny day (they do happen in Seattle) you will think you are in paradise as brilliantly colored glass flora mingles with complimentary species of living plants and flowers. Insane!

Garden Violet

Garden Red Monument

Garden Aqua Tulips

Garden Lillies

Garden Red Reeds

The Worley Gig cannot pile enough praise and hype on Chihuly Garden and Glass as the number one Must See Attraction for residents of and visitors to Seattle alike. We would also like to say a special Thank you to April, the museum’s in-house Head of PR, who was kind enough to not only comp our entry but to also give us a personal tour of the galleries. Chihuly Garden and Glass is fortunate to have such a passionate and knowledgeable employee.

Garden Black Bulbs

Chihuly Garden and Glass is Located at 305 Harrison St. (right next to the Space Needle and the Seattle Center Monorail Station), Seattle, WA 98109. Open Every Day, Hours are Monday to Thursday 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM and Friday to Sunday 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM. Visit This Link for Admission Prices and Additional Information on Special Events.