Haters Gonna Hate, Hate, Hate

Artist Tim Tate submits today’s post about keeping true to one’s vision – in spite of naysayers saying…. well, …nay!

A lesson for other artists, that I learned the hard way. Last year this time I was being shouted down as publicly as possible in national publications about the need to secede from past models . Last year I was accused of oversimplifying at best and misrepresenting at worst, of being guilty of revisionist history and narrow definitions……just to start. How dare a non-academic make such declarative statements and disrespect the past.

This year I have the director of a major museum critiquing my work in the best terms possible. This year one of my pieces will be named a “National Treasure” by the Smithsonian. This year I will be showing some of the best work I have ever made in some of the best venues in the world.

This is not stated to whine about the past nor brag on the present. I am just using this juxta-position to illustrate that as artists, we are surrounded by other people’s opinions about our work. Most of the time we close our ears to the good and the bad, but when its people or institutions whom we respect who are attacking us, its tough not to question your own direction.

The trick is to keep on that path you truly believe is right. Those who try to shout you down will soon fade. If you truly believe in your work and love it, so too shall others. Never change your thoughts, directions or work just because others try to drive you in that direction. Better to spend that negative energy towards finding people who believe as you do….who love your work as much as you do.

Slowly you will find the audience you have always hoped for…it just takes time and perseverance. See you at the fairs.

Tim Tate

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SNOW DATE: Evening Artist Success Seminar Changed to March 10

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The snow that hit the DC area has altered the scheduled classes! Tonite’s seminar is postponed – new date is March 10, 2015. 7- 9 pm.

Free Seminar – Maximizing Your Success As An Artist (Class 1903)

There is no magic formula for artistic success, but in this interactive night of discussion, come pick the brains of these 3 very successful artists for tips and hints on how to move your art forward. How to find galleries, manage social media, choose art fairs, etc. We will try to help all who show up. Free to all.

SNOW DATE REVISION! Now scheduled for March 10, 2015!

Instructor: Lenny Campello / Michael Janis / Tim Tate
Dates:       REVISED March 10
Time:         7pm to 9pm
Tuition:      Free (RSVP to erwin@washglass.com)

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Happy President’s Day!

President George Washington tries to make sense of the Metro.

President George Washington tries to make sense of the Metro. Still image from Mt Vernon’s web series of General Washington in modern DC.

Washington’s Birthday is observed the third Monday of February in honor George Washington, the first President of the United States. This date is commonly called Presidents’ Day and many groups honor the legacy of past presidents on this date.

Washington’s actual birthday, Feb. 22,  became a U.S. government holiday back in 1885. In the early 1950′s, there was a movement led by a coalition of travel organizations to create three-day weekends by moving the celebration of some holidays to Mondays. One of the suggestions was to create a Presidents’ Day between Washington’s birthday and Lincoln’s birthday, which was a holiday in some states. A few states tried the new arrangement, but it was not universally adopted across the country. Also in the early 1950′s there was a proposal to make March 4 — the original presidential inauguration day — a holiday to honor all presidents, but that went nowhere.

The National Holiday Act of 1971 passed by Congress created three-day weekends for federal employees by moving the celebration of some holidays to Mondays, although states did not have to honor them. 

General George Washington checks out the offerings at the food trucks parked near the White House.

General George Washington checks out the offerings at the food trucks parked near the White House.

Although the federal holiday is marked on the third Monday in February, there is no agreed-upon name, no universal agreement on who is being celebrated, and the use of the apostrophe in the name is varied: Sometimes it isn’t used at all (as in Presidents Day), sometimes it is placed between the last two letters (President’s Day) and sometimes it is after the last letter (Presidents’ Day).

So – wishing all a Happy Presidents’ Day, or President’s Day, or Presidents Day – or whatever.

Penland School of Crafts Seeks…

Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Penland offers workshops in books & paper, clay, drawing, glass, iron, metals, photography, printmaking and letterpress, textiles, and wood.

Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Penland offers workshops in books & paper, clay, drawing, glass, iron, metals, photography, printmaking and letterpress, textiles, and wood.

Penland School of Crafts is an international center for craft education offering residential workshops, residencies, community education programs, and exhibitions. Located on 420 acres in the NC Mountains, Penland is located about an hour northeast of Asheville, NC. 

The arts education center has several job openings and summer internships available. The detailed job descriptions and internships are available online at http://penland.org/about/jobs.html. Applications are due on February 16, 2015.

Penland School of Crafts is an equal opportunity employer with a staff of 62. Penland operates with a $16 million endowment and an annual operating budget of $5.5 million.

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Employees at Penland enjoy competitive pay, engaging benefits and a unique work environment of creative inquiry. We have a variety of seasonal, part-time and full-time positions. Classes are offered in the spring, summer and fall with a short winter residency in January and February. For more information about Penland, please visit http://penland.org/index.html.

The Dinner Cook reports to the Food Services Manager for planning and executing dinner menus, managing the dinner kitchen staff, and coordinating serving and shut down of dinner service.  In addition, the Dinner Cook assists the Head Chef in menu planning and preparation of dinner menus and helps prep for breakfast and lunch. The Dinner Cook helps manage a rotating group of scholarship students who often have minimal kitchen experience. The ability to work as a team member with all other functions of Penland is an important aspect of this job. The capacity in the kitchen and dining room is 230 with daily averages of 230 in the summer and 130 in the spring and fall. This is a full-time, seasonal, hourly position. Anticipated start date is March 2015.

The Hospitality Services Manager works closely with the school’s administrative, facilities and programming staff to ensure that all hospitality service functions of the school are managed smoothly and effectively. The Hospitality Services Manager is responsible for managing housing, housekeeping staff, Core Fellow service functions, vendor relationships and the work-study students. This position also serves as co-manager of the Core Fellows program and is responsible for on-site service training and management. Additional duties include special event responsibilities such as Community Open House, Easter, July 4th, etc. The position is a full-time (40 hours/week in spring, summer & fall and 30 hours/week in winter), year-round, benefits eligible, salaried position and reports to the Deputy Director.

The Communications Associate for Digital Media has primary responsibility for managing Penland’s digital communications and online presence, including social media platforms, blog, website, and e-mail news. The position will share responsibility with the communications manager for creating compelling online content. The ideal candidate will have a keen interest in craft and arts education and be a skilled writer and an effective communicator. H/she will be technologically competent and have an interest in the digital world. The Communications Associate will use digital media to inspire support for the school, promote workshop enrollment, and promote the value of craft in the world. The Communications Associate will work with the communications and marketing manager to develop new strategies for promoting the school and participate in other communications and marketing activities as needed. This is a full-time, year-round, benefits-eligible position that reports to the Communications Manager and also works with the Director of Development and Communications.

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A Penland internship is unpaid, but offers a unique opportunity to live and work in a dynamic, creative educational community and work with accomplished professionals in a mutual learning and knowledge sharing environment. All housing and meals will be provided at no charge to the intern for the duration of the internship period. The week before and after summer sessions, Penland’s dining hall is closed. Interns working during this time will receive a $75/week food stipend. Class and studio access is not provided.

Penland will work with applicants seeking educational credit for the internship. Details can be discussed in the interview process.

Housing will be assigned when interns are selected. Typically, interns are housed together with 2-3 other summer interns in a residence hall on Penland’s campus.

The Benefit Auction Intern is an important member of the Penland development team who provides administrative support while learning about the preparation and management of the Benefit Auction. This event is a weekend fundraiser that grosses over $600,000 for the school and is the 3rd largest craft school auction in the U.S.  This position allows the intern a high level of responsibility through which he or she will gain valuable knowledge and experience in auction fundraising, planning and executing a multi-day event, event registration, data management, and follow-up procedures. The intern reports to the Development Associate for Special Events throughout the internship and assists the Development Operations Manager with registration and check-out closer to and during the event.

The Community Collaboration/Development Intern supports and implements Community Collaboration initiatives, programs and activities and assists the Development staff with special events. The intern will provide intensive support for Kids Camp activities, plan and implement hands-on activities in collaboration with a community organization, and assist with materials preparation for Teaching Artist Initiative programs. The intern will assist development staff with Penland Friends parties, session auction events, and the Annual Benefit Auction.  The intern’s time will be divided between Community Collaboration and Development according to the schedules of these departments.

The Grounds Intern is an important member of the facilities and grounds team. This position will provide hands on research and experience with invasive plants, both native and non-native, along with the maintenance of annuals and perennials alike. The intern will also update a program to track and remove these invasive plants for the future. Additional responsibilities include work in our vegetable and herb garden. This position allows the intern a high level of responsibility for the day to day upkeep of the Penland grounds. The Grounds Intern reports to the Groundskeeper and the Director of Facilities and Grounds.

The Development Intern is an important member of Penland’s development team and works closely with professional staff to gain practical work experience in fundraising and stewardship strategies that support the school’s mission and programs. He or she will learn about each staff role and gain valuable knowledge and experience in donor cultivation and stewardship, events, prospect research, data management and use of the Raiser’s Edge donor database, a widely used software in non-profits. The development intern reports to the Development Associate for Individual Giving.

The Print, Letterpress, Books and Papermaking Intern provides studio support for three areas while learning about studio management and arts administration at a non-profit craft school.  This un-paid position allows the intern to gain valuable knowledge and experience in studio support which includes safety procedures, equipment maintenance, ordering and tracking supplies, and working closely with studio assistants and instructors. The Intern reports to the Print, Letterpress, Books and Papermaking Studio Coordinator.

This Teaching Artist Intern provides close exposure to the skills and teaching philosophy employed by Penland’s Teaching Artist Initiative. This is an assistance position. Work includes materials preparation, classroom setup and maintenance, teaching assistance, and administrative support. Program activities take place in Penland’s teaching studio at Ridgeway, and in three partner schools. Hands-on activities include a variety of bookmaking and painting processes, working with over 400 students over the course of the semester. This internship is positioned in fall 2015 (August-December).

The Painting/Drawing and Textiles Studio Intern provides studio support while learning about studio management and arts administration at a non-profit craft school. This un-paid position allows the intern to gain valuable knowledge and experience in studio support which includes safety procedures, equipment maintenance, ordering and tracking class supplies and working closely with studio assistants and instructors. The Intern reports to the Textile & Drawing/Painting Studio Coordinator.

For more info – contact

Sally Loftis, Human Resources Manager

P. O. Box 37, Penland, NC 28765

phone: 828-765-2359

Washington Glass School’s Connection to Groundhog Day Movie

Still from 1993 movie classic "Groundhog Day" starring Bill Murray.

Still from 1993 movie classic “Groundhog Day” starring Bill Murray.

Love the Hollywood classic movie Groundhog Day? Its the one where Bill Murray plays weatherman Phil Connors who is trapped in a time loop covering the annual groundhog day event in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania

Deborah Ruzinsky, superstar caster.

Deborah Ruzinsky, superstar caster.

 At last year’s seminar on kiln casting techniques, Washington Glass School lecturer & artist Deborah Ruzinsky, while talking of her storied past life making models for the US film industry told us of her contribution to the 1993 movie.

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Deborah Ruzinsky in the studio ca. 1990

Back in the early ’90′s Deborah was a project leader for Cinnabar, a Los Angeles fabricator of sets and scenic elements for film, museums and entertainment institutions. Deb’s background of mold-making, casting, CNC machining, Plastic vacuforming and fabrication, foam carving, sculpting, scale model building, and organic prop construction had her making props and models for an impressive roster of films, commercials and music videos. giphy

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Filming the giant scale model clock.

One of her projects was the creation of the digital flip clock used for the “Groundhog Day” movie closeups; the “real” clock would not give the kind of definition wanted by the directors – as the camera size was large, a larger-than-life scale was needed to show the detail.

Photos taken by Deborah Ruzinsky of the filming process.

Photos taken by Deborah Ruzinsky of the filming process.

Deb also worked on Michael Jackson’s video “Smooth Criminal” – part of his anthology film “Moonwalker”. In the film, Michael Jackson plays a ’30′s era gangster who avenges kidnapped children and transforms into a giant robot. In the video, Michael Jackson performs a seemingly impossible forward lean. 

Deb Ruzinsky sets up the Michael Jackson robot armature.

Deb Ruzinsky sets up the Michael Jackson robot armature.

Deborah continued to use and broaden her skills in mold making; she later became a University level educator and was the Visiting Asst. Professor of Glass at RIT for 2008-2009.

Besides teaching glass art and history, Debra is currently the creative director of MNCPPC’s design and fabrication studio. 

Model during film shoot.

Model of Michael Jackson-bot during film shoot.

 

Craft of Music at Katzen Arts Center

The Craft of Music will take place at the Katzen Arts Center of American University from noon - 5:00 on Feb 7.

The Craft of Music at the Katzen Arts Center of American University from noon – 5:00 on Feb 7.

An exciting, engaging, and unique program, The Craft of Music (From Bach to Bluegrass:  Stringed Instruments and the Music They Make) will take place at the Katzen Arts Center of American University on February 7th from 12:00-5:00 PM.  You do not want to miss this one. The four part program includes:  displays of contemporary and nontraditional instruments, a panel discussion on the craft of making stringed instruments and then two musical performances of stringed instruments. 

The doors of the Center will open at 12:00 noon to allow visitors to peruse the displays of contemporary instruments presented by panelists and the exhibit of nontraditional instruments curated by Jennifer Lindsay (there will be demos with some of those being played!).

The panel discussion will begin at 1:00 PM.  The notable panel members include:  Dick Boak from Martin Guitar, Jim Warwick a Luthier, Wayne Lanham a member of the Bill Emerson Band, Bran Dillard owner of Picker’s Supply, and Fred Oster of Oster Violins and the Antique Road Show.  Luthier, Mike Mears will moderate.  There will be plenty of time for Q & A, so come with your questions about instrument making.

After a break, Arcovoce with Amuse will perform Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #6.  Arcovoce is led by Nina Falk who studied at Juilliard and Oberlin, received a Fulbright to study in Europe, has performed with the National Symphony and the Paris Symphony and was described by the Washington Post as “one of Washington’s finest musicians”.  Other members of the ensemble are equally notable.

The classical performance will be followed by a performance by the Bill Emerson Bluegrass Band, Sweet Dixie.  Award winning Emerson is founder of the world famous Country Gentlemen, founder of US Navy Band Bluegrass Ensemble, Country Current, and he has recorded and played with more bands than any other banjo player.  Each musician in the band has had a notable career.

During the afternoon there will be plenty of time to talk with panelists and musicians, to browse the instrument displays, purchase CD’s from the artists and refreshments from the café of the Katzen Center.

Come join the group for an exciting afternoon.  Let your friends know and get your tickets early for this unique program by logging onto the JRA website:  www.jra.org/events/craft-music.  Seating is limited.

Silvia Levenson @ Katzen Arts Center

Silvia Levenson @ American University Museum

Silvia Levenson “She Flew Away” cast glass, steel wire

Artist Silvia Levenson believes her work is an expression of her soul. She uses glass not for its natural beauty, but for its potential as a narrative medium. In her exhibition Identidad, (January 24 – March 15, 2015 at the American University Museum in the Katzen Arts Center), Ms Levenson channels her identity as a survivor of the Argentinian Dirty War and her emotional connection to the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo in order to push the bounds of her skills as a glassmaker and produce refined glass work. 

Silvia Levenson was born in Buenos Aires, the capital and largest city of Argentina. She and her family went into hiding for almost three years as political activists opposing the military dictatorship of General Jorge Rafaél Videla. In 1981, during the disappearances of the so-called Dirty War in Argentina, they fled the country and immigrated to Italy, where they eventually attained dual Argentine-Italian citizenship. Between 1976 and 1983, the Argentine military dictatorship kidnapped, tortured, and killed about 30,000 people known as “los desaparecidos” or “the disappeared.” Thirty percent of those kidnapped were young women, many with children by their side or in their womb. These children were later stripped of their identity and given up for adoption. 

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Levenson studied at the Martin Garcia School of Graphic Design in Buenos Aires. She acquired glass-making skills at the Musée-Atelier du Verre (Sars-Poteries/FR) at workshops with Antoine Leperlier (pâte-de-verre, 1991) and Vincent van Ginneke (casting, 1994). Silvia Levenson lives in Lesa/Italy and Buenos Aires. In 2004, Levenson received the Rakow Commission Award from the Corning Museum of Glass in New York.

The American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center presents a lecture titled “The Strange World of Silvia Levenson” featuring Washington Glass School Directors Tim Tate and Michael Janis to be held on Thursday, January 29, 2015, 6:00-7:00 pm at the Katzen Arts Center. 

RSVP by Jan 22, 2015 to museummembership@american.edu 

Identitdad by Silvia Levenson

January 24 through March 15, 2015

Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016

Glass in the 21st Century Exhibition @ Salisbury University

21st Century Glass exhibit at Salisbury University

21st Century Glass exhibit at Salisbury University

Maryland’s Salisbury University Galleries will present an exhibition of glass artworks by a diverse roster of noteworthy artists, reflecting the expanded nature of contemporary sculptural glass art. Glass, as a medium, is undergoing a sea change. What started as a bohemian enterprise in the garage of the Toledo museum of art in 1962 turned into a cultural force by the early 1990’s. Artists like Dale Chihuly and the strong influence of Venetian glassworking techniques set the tone for the Studio Glass Movement for more than three decades. The early spirit of experimentation and a devil-may-care attitude toward process gave way to an emphasis on bright colors, skillful execution, and mastery of increasingly complicated techniques. However it is evident that momentum for a new paradigm is building.

Audrey Wilson, "Jacob's Ladder", Pâte de verre, kiln formed tempered glass, refractory glass, found objects

Audrey Wilson, “Jacob’s Ladder”, Pâte de verre, Kiln-formed Tempered Glass, Refractory glass, Found objects

 

Artists who have no previous connection to the material like Roni Horn, Anish Kapoor, and Kiki Smith (among many others) are including major glass sculptures in their body of work, and finding an audience for that work in some of the most prestigious museums around the globe. This would have been virtually unheard of 20 years ago as glass was dismissed out of hand as a purely ‘craft material’. Artists like Josiah Mcelheny take traditional glassmaking processes and turn them on their head by incorporating social commentary and by connecting his work to a historical context., “21st Century Glass” looks at the future of the medium as artists move away from technique-driven work into a more modern approach to the material. Movements like Glass Secessionism (placing the focus on artistic vision) and Hyperopia Projects (artists with glass backgrounds drawing from multiple disciplines and media) are included in this survey of sculptural glass.

Davin Ebanks, "Portrait of the Artist: Redaction: 13.05.17, Pterois volitans", Blown, Hot-sculpted, Sand-blasted & Mirrored Glass, Wood, Aluminium

Davin Ebanks, “Portrait of the Artist: Redaction: 13.05.17, Pterois volitans”, Blown, Hot-sculpted, Sand-blasted & Mirrored Glass, Wood, Aluminium

Steven Durow, the Head of SU’s Art Department Glass Area was the curator of the exhibition. Durow gave some insight on the show: I chose the title for this exhibition, Glass in the 21st Century, because I wanted to take note of this moment in time as we settle into the new millennium and to take a glimpse down the road to see where glass as a material for artistic expression might be headed. The work in this exhibition comprises a sampling of artists whose approach to the material of glass exemplify the changes”.

Durow continued: “The digital revolution has given artists access to technologies for video, sound, and interactive media that is unprecedented. Advancements in glass studio equipment and the inclusions of glass programs in the university setting (as well as artist retreat centers like Penland, Pilchuck, etc) have given more people access to the material than at any time in human history. What were once fiercely guarded secrets are now a YouTube search away. Artists have become their own educators. Harvey Littleton, the recognized founder of the Studio Glass Movement in America famously quipped, “Technique is cheap.” Today, it is free. Now that an artist working in glass can do whatever they want, the focus becomes what will they choose to say with it? That is the focus of this exhibition.”

The artist in this exhibition represent the changing way artists are approaching the material of glass. Featured artists include: Karen Donnellan, Davin Ebanks, Sean Hennessey, Michael Janis, Weston Lambert, Carmen Lozar, Sibylle Peretti, Margaret Spacapan, Tim Tate, Erwin Timmers, Audrey Wilson, and Walter Zimmerman

21st Century Glass

January 20th – February 21, 2015

SU Art Galleries, Fulton Hall, 1101 Camden Avenue, Salisbury, MD 21801

Artist Lecture by Karen Donnellan: Thursday February 19 at 5:30pm, Fulton Hall 111
Reception to follow in the University Gallery. SU Art Galleries programming is supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council and the Salisbury Wicomico Arts Council.

East City Art Regional Juried Show “Emulsion” Returns!

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EMULSION returns to H Street March 21, 2015! CALL DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 15, 2015 

This call for entry is open to all residents of the Washington-Baltimore combined statistical metropolitan area as defined by the US Census. This is an opportunity for artists from the central Mid-Atlantic to showcase the extraordinary diversity in regional contemporary art.

An emulsion combines two seemingly incompatible ingredients to produce a third yet entirely new substance.  In this spirit, East City Art’s “EMULSION” seeks to again combine the culturally different yet geographically close regions of Washington and Baltimore and to combine a wide array of art forms and mediums.

East City Art hosts “EMULSION” as an annual event that showcases the brightest talent from the Mid-Atlantic region.  Click HERE to jump to ECA’s online entry form.

PRIZES

$1,250 First Place Prize
$750 Second Place Prize
$500 Third Place Prize
Two People’s Choice Awards

ENTRY FEE
An entry fee of $38.50 paid to East City Art Media LLC

QUALIFICATIONS
This call for entry is open to all residents 18 years of age or over who reside or create art within 50 miles of East City Art’s headquarters located at 922 G Street SE, Washington, DC.

WORKS TO BE CONSIDERED
All work will be considered including but not limited to two dimensional work (painting, photography, digital imaging, drawing), three dimensional work (sculpture), performance art and new media.

LOCATION
Gallery O on H located at 1354 H Street NE in the heart of the Atlas Entertainment District

EXHIBITION DATES
Opening Reception Sat. March 21 | Closing Reception: Sat. March 28
Exhibition on view March 21-28, 2015 with weeklong programing

JUROR
Gallery Owner Adah Rose Bitterbaum. Read her interview HERE

Eligibility Area (50 mile radius)

Contact
For all inquiries please direct emails to editor@eastcityart.com

“Unmapped” @ Brentwood Arts Exchange

"Unmapped" exhibit at Brentwood Arts Exchange features work by Ellyn Weiss, Pat Goslee and Sally Resnik Rockriver. January 12 - February 28, 2015

“Unmapped” exhibit at Brentwood Arts Exchange features work by Ellyn Weiss, Pat Goslee and Sally Resnik Rockriver. January 12 – February 28, 2015

Artists Pat Goslee, Ellyn Weiss, and Sally Resnik Rockriver each use art as a method of discovery, responding to forms and materials and then exploring their qualities as method of expression. Whether it’s finding the balance in giving up control to a chemical reaction, investigating material properties, or the conscious act of constructing energetic movement through paint, all three artists make provocative statements about the ways that meaning is created through the interaction of process with form. The Brentwood Arts Exchange presents an exhibition of the three artists works titled “Unmapped” which runs January 12 – February 28, 2015.

The three distinguished artists in the show each work in a variety of mediums. Pat Goslee works with layer upon layer of del­i­cately painted forms and color on can­vas and on gesso board. Ellyn Weiss works in a wide variety of media; one recent solo show was composed of paintings made entirely of tar. Much of her recent work is encaustic – wax with oil pigment. Sally Resnick Rockriver works primarily in glass – generating chemical reactions in blown glass and ceramics to create new forms. 

 

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Sally Resnick Rockriver

Sally Resnick Rockriver’s glass sculpture is intriguing. She mixes ceramic glazes with hot glass, where the glazes fuse, melt, and crystallize, creating a thermal reactivity. 

Ms Rockriver’s sculpture introduces or allows for rough edges, chance arrangements and a clash of smooth and rough surfaces. By employing the peculiar materials and their specific properties, she moves glass away from the traditional studio glass aesthetic. In careful but surprising ways, she molds incongruous materials, often making their formal properties almost contradictions of themselves. Geometry seems to disintegrate away from the formalizations of precision in a whimsical and disarming manner.

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Sally Resnick Rockriver “Thermal Quake” 40 inches wide

Sally Rockriver said of her invented geology: “The works in UNMAPPED deal with mapping new geologies of unfound planets. I have always thought that my processes could exist on other planets. I generate chemical reactions by combining ceramic materials with hot glass. The release of gases causes an expansion of self- blown spheres. I imagine this event could occur on a glass lake while salts and silica are falling from the sky. Recently NASA discovered a planet that that has an atmospheric glass rain. In this exhibit, works refer to thermal storms and tectonic quakes on Planet Azure and the specimens we might find there. Kiln bricks are the remains of architecture from a past civilization that did not survive the hot glass rains. In this fantasy, crystallized glass growths overtake the destruction from a traumatic event.”

The uncanny materiality of each of the artist’s works play off each other in this exhibit, where each artist invites us to open up to things we don’t know, to things that aren’t written out first then repeated as art, and to where our paradigms don’t fit – in other words, areas Unmapped.

UNMAPPED

 January 12 – February 28, 2015, Opening Reception Saturday, January 17, 5-8 pm

Brentwood Arts Exchange

3901 Rhode Island Avenue, Brentwood, MD 20722