October 29, 2016 – January 13, 2017
A group exhibition that combines the award winning and honorable mention works from Emerge 2016, along with new work from former Emerge finalists who were featured in Evolve 2016.
Emerge, a biennial juried competition, recognizes the efforts of students, early-career artists, and artists from other media who have recently turned to kiln-glass. Selected from 370 entries, the forty-five finalists – representing 16 countries – were evaluated on their creativity, craftsmanship, and design by a panel of three jurors. The 2016 jurors are: curator of the Bellevue Arts Museum, Stefano Catalani; artist, educator, and writer Kim Harty; and Sue Taylor, contributing editor to Art in America and Professor of Art History at Portland State University.
Evolve, now in its third iteration, highlights the work of previous Emerge finalists and award winners who continue to advance the conceptual, technical, and aesthetic scope of their practice. Rei Chikaoka (Emerge 2010, 2014) has increased his technical ability, shifting from more traditional cast forms into spiraling sculptural works that push the limits of the material. Matthew Day Perez (Emerge 2010, 2008) explores the materiality of glass, often challenging the viewer’s predispositions toward glass through cast and kilnformed glass and mixed media installation. Carmen Vetter (Emerge 2006, 2008), has seen her conceptual focus shift with personal experience while maintaining a technical focus, fusing and refusing glass powders onto sheet glass.
Emerge/Evolve 2016 will continue to tour, stopping at the Pittsburgh Glass Center and finishing its tour at the Bellevue Arts Museum (BAM) in Bellevue, Washington.
Image above: (left) Helen Lee, KowTow (detail), 2015; (right) Matthew Day Perez, Crush (detail), 2015
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