The Gallery’s most recent exhibition is a didactic one: Retrospective tells the story of a factory that has always worked with artists. The works on display reflect some of those projects. Among my favorites are those done in the “painting with glass” methods that have flowed out of sessions with masters like Narcissus Quagliata and his friend Rafael Cauduro.
Simple renderings needing no more than a sheet of flat glass and frits or powders, moved about the glass canvas with fingers, brushes or other tools.
When the gallery team set about creating the current educational exhibition, they assembled a light box with plexiglass rim filled with colored sand that would approximate the glass frits. A way for the public to try their hand at the method. Without actually touching glass.
Last night we had a company party at the gallery: drinks, nibbles and some time away from the desks and furnaces. Bring the kids.
We kind of knew that the “sandbox” would appeal to the kids. Suspicions confirmed:
Brushes, stylus, rubber rake-tipped implements added to the primary tool: the hand.
It’s a sweet exhibition. Last night was the closing. It seemed fitting that in one corner, that closing was also a beginning: kids growing into glass.
I owe a huge debt to my wonderful gallery group Chris, Kay, Michael, Nicole, Ryan, and Sarah whose ideas and hard work put this all together.
And another debt to the tolerant factory team who let us borrow their kids for our crazy lab experiments.