This Fragile Skin | Bay Area Gallery

This Fragile Skin

October 27 - January 12, 2013


The human form is one of the most widely explored subjects in art. Despite this attention, the body continues to be fertile ground for thoughtful interpretation and exploration. Figuration seeks to make connections by fostering an empathic relationship between the maker, the viewer, and the subject. "This Fragile Skin" explores these connections in kilnformed glass.

The artists represented in "This Fragile Skin" only occasionally approach the figure directly. Instead, artists like Cassandra Straubing and Michael Rogers, with their works in cast glass, remind us of our fleeting existence through meditations on memory. Mel Douglas and Craig Leaper II’s sumptuous surfaces, like our own skin, are tactile, yet norms prevent us from touching. Kate Baker’s layered portraits merge candid images, digital information, and brilliant colors, commenting on the internal and external forces that create the world around us. Clifford Rainey destroys the classical torso and we are left with the beautiful, yet haunting, remains. A common thread binds the material, these works, and us. We are connected through our shared experiences of attraction and repulsion, lust and taboo, solidity and permeability, and, most of all, our shared fragility.

Bullseye Glass Resource Center Bay Area
4514 Hollis Street, Emeryville, California 94608
Tuesday–Friday 10am–6pm, Saturday 10am–4pm

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  • <P>Kate Baker, <em>Untitled Diptych (Encode Series)</em>, 2011, kilnformed glass, 21.875 x 45.375 x 2.375 inches.</P>

  • <P>Kate Baker, <em>Untitled (Encode Series)</em>, 2011, kilnformed glass, 12 x 22.375 x 3.75 inches.</P>

  • <P>Mel Douglas, <em>Open Feild #8</em>, 2010, fused, coldworked and engraved glass, 31.5 x 31.375 x .75 inches.</P>

  • <P>Mel Douglas, <em>Unfurl</em>, 2010, blown, coldworked and engraved glass, 13.5 x 16.5 x 14 inches.</P>

  • <P>Craig Leaper, <em>Thoughts are created at the welding table</em>, 2009, kilnformed glass, 16 x 24 x 1 inches.</P>

  • <P>Craig Leaper, <em>Lace clings to death</em>, 2009, kilnformed glass, 24 x 17 x 1 inches.</P>

  • <P>Craig Leaper, <em>Schizophrenic minds hide behind blue eyes</em>, 2009, kilnformed glass with metal mount, 20.5 x 15 x 5 inches.</P>

  • <P>Cliffored Rainey, <em>No Man is an Island</em>, 2009, kilnformed glass, 32.75 x 28.75 x 1.625 inches.</P>

  • <P>Cliffored Rainey, <em>No Man is an Island II</em>, 2009, kilnformed glass, 59 x 42 x 1.875 inches.</P>

  • <P>Michael Rogers, <em>Presentiment 1</em>, 2008, cast glass, bronze, 17 x 12 x 3 inches.</P>

  • <P>Michael Rogers, <em>Presentiment 2</em>, 2008, cast glass, bronze, 17 x 12 x 3 inches.</P>

  • <P>Michael Rogers, <em>Presentiment 3</em>, 2008, cast glass, bronze, 17 x 12 x 3 inches.</P>

  • <P>Cassandra Straubing, <em>At the end of the miner's day, he returns to his empty house to bathe and retire for the night</em>, 2011, cast glass, 3.5 x 12x 17 inches.</P>

  • <P>Cassandra Straubing, <em>The mechanic's own truck would have to wait 'til tomorrow</em>, 2011, cast glass, found object, 4.25 x 16.5 x 13 inches.</P>

  • <P>Cassandra Straubing, <em>Years ago the evidence of the bricklayer's labor was paved over, forgotten</em>, 2011, cast glass, 2.75 x 15.75 x 12 inches.</P>