Art into Architecture
Collaborating with artists to create kiln-glass for the built environment.
May 24 through August 16, 2014
Image: Jun Kaneko, Temple Har Shalom, kilnformed glass. Photo: A. Blakely
Bullseye Resource Center New York Gallery is pleased to present Art into Architecture, an exhibition examining the architectural applications of kiln-glass made possible when artists and fabricators collaborate.
Bullseye Glass Company’s research and fabrication studio brings artists and designers from around the world to Portland, Oregon to execute architectural-scale projects in kilnformed glass. Art into Architecture examines four projects where an artist was tasked to expand their vision beyond the limits of their own studio. In each of these case studies, Bullseye’s artist-directed production process allowed the artist’s vision to work in concert with the setting and the material, showcasing the capabilities of kilnformed glass when it is applied to large-scale design and architecture.
The artist-led projects include: Temple Har Shalom, The Casey Building, The Nines Hotel, and the Marioni chandelier.
Jun Kaneko’s sanctuary windows inside Temple Har Shalom, Park City, Utah, consist of 468 individually designed panes and over 45 miles of glass stringer intricately laid out according to the artist’s strict specifications.
Martha Pfanschmidt was selected when the developers for the Casey Building in Portland, Oregon sought Bullseye’s guidance in finding an artist for their new high rise. Predominantly a painter and printmaker, Pfanschmidt, with the help of Bullseye technicians, translated her colorful, patterned two-dimensional work into the multi-layered, kilnformed installation titled Northern Lights.
When Portland artist Ellen George was commissioned to design a signature element for The Nines Hotel in Portland, Oregon, Bullseye worked with George to translate a small clay maquette into architectural-scale kilnformed glass. The resulting work titled Bloom is nearly 10 feet tall and over 15 feet wide.
Dante Marioni, known for colorful, deco- and roman-inspired blown glass sculptures, contacted Bullseye to translate his aesthetic into kilnformed glass. Using a technique called “edge construction,” Bullseye developed a process allowing Marioni to create uniform elements for a chandelier.
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