Near and Dear

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2010-01-24 14:12:17
In the last few months of travel Dan and I have had the good fortune to see some extremely engaging art, from the Turner prizewinners at Tate Britain to the Kienholz Hoerengracht installation at Londonís National Gallery, to an intimate showing of one of Anish Kapoorís untitled Hexagonal Mirrors on view at the Portland Art Museum. (Don't anyone ever give me grief again about the time I spend on Facebook! If it hadn't been for a Facey friend, I'd have missed this Richard Wright beauty that was intentionally destroyed the day after we viewed it.) (detail Kapoor Hexagonal Mirror, a dizzying stunner that we caught at PAM the day we returned to Portland) Then a few days ago someone emailed me a link to a new website by one of our Bullseye people whose work I knew from the last couple of Working Glass shows here at the factory. It was a helluva wake-up call. Sure, Iíd seen Stacy Lynn Smith's work before, but seeing it again on her new site really drove it home: sometimes some of the best stuff is right under our own noses. (Detail of Stacy Lynn Smith's "Selection") Go† HERE. Check out this glass. And watch out, Anish! - Lani PS. Like Wright's fresco, Smith's "Selection" was designed for destruction - a fiendishly attractive trend that we hope catches on in the studio glass movement. "Destructivism" .....hmmm, hard for glass peddlers not to love the sound of all that breaking material...