GlassBoston

You might recall the postabout the cancellation of the G.A.S. Boston conference. In the wake of the G.A.S. conference cancellation, The Society of Arts and Crafts, MIT Glass Lab, APG/NOCA, and Strattman Design have organized “GlassBoston” –

a  conference that will be held in Boston and Cambridge this June.  GlassBoston includes workshops, lectures, demonstrations, and tours, as well as a nonjuried glass show and sale that will be open to the public. Information (and registration access) is posted on the website of The Society of Arts and Crafts: http://www.societyofcrafts.org/learn/glassboston.asp.

GlassBoston has been designed for emerging, mid-career and established artists and the public interested in glass. Highlights include:

-  Lectures by glass and origami artists Erik and Martin Demaine; Professor of Materials Science Michael J. Cima; and an associate from James Carpenter Design Associates.

-  A symposium on the use of CAD and rapid prototyping tools and technologies, including artists Tavs Jorgensen and Norwood Viviano.

-  Tours of the MIT Media Lab, Center for Bits and Atoms, and the MIT Museum.

-  A one-day come-one-come-all glass show and sale, open to all attendees and the public.

-  Demonstrations by Rik and Shelley Allen, James Mongrain, Pablo Soto, Mark Petrovic, Hank Adams, Deborah Czeresko, Matthew Szosz, Alexander Rosenburg, Wesley Fleming and others to be announced.

-  Tours to studios, museums, galleries and private collections.


GlassBoston attendance is limited to 200, so if interested, you need to sign up soon.

Housing will be available in the MIT dorm New House – single ($68) and double ($88). 
Click HERE to jump to registration site. 

Craft Futures 40 Under 40 at Smithsonian Renwick

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40 under 40:Craft Futures features forty artists born since 1972, the year the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s contemporary craft and decorative arts program was established at its branch museum, the Renwick Gallery. 

Opening July 20, 2012, the exhibition investigates evolving notions of craft within traditional media such as ceramics and metalwork, as well as in fields as varied as sculpture, industrial design, installation art, fashion design, sustainable manufacturing, and mathematics. The range of disciplines represented illustrates new avenues for the handmade in contemporary culture.

Matthew Szösz, b. 1974

All of the artworks selected for display in the exhibition were created since Sept. 11, 2001. This new work reflects the changed world that exists today, which poses new challenges and considerations for artists. These 40 artists are united by philosophies for living differently in modern society with an emphasis on sustainability, a return to valuing the hand-made and what it means to live in a state of persistent conflict and unease.

Nicholas R. Bell, The Fleur and Charles Bresler Curator of American Craft and Decorative Art at the Renwick Gallery, organized the exhibition. The museum hopes to acquire works by every artist featured in the exhibition to commemorate the fortieth anniversary of the Renwick Gallery. 

Matthew Szosz Untitled (Inflatable no.46p)
Matthew demo’d his technique at the Washington Glass School – click HERE to jump to description and video.

Click HERE to jump to the list of the youngsters in the show.

40 under 40: Craft Futures July 20, 2012 – February 3, 2013
1st floor, Renwick Gallery (Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street N.W.) Washington, DC


Hyperopia Projects’ Salon des Glass Refusés Launch Fundraiser

>Mentioned in an earlier blog posting, Hyperopia Projects is organizing a show of glass sculpture “Superpostion” in Seattle during the Glass Art Society Annual Conference to exhibit some of the most innovative and out-side mainstream glass and glass-related artwork. It will be held at the Center on Contemporary Art in June, 2011. The show’s jurors are Jack Wax, Jocelyne Prince, Jin Hongo and Michael Scheiner. Using the arts fundraising site of Kickstarter, the organization is seeking pledges to help get the show up and running. They have made a short video to help outline the purpose of the exhibition and how donations will be utilized.

Call for Sculptural Glass Entries

>HYPEROPIA PROJECTS has sent out a call for entries for a juried show called Superposition that challenges traditional notions of glass artwork.

Made up of a group of practicing artists with backgrounds in glass art (Helen Lee, Alexander Rosenberg and Matthew Szösz ), Hyperopia Projects focuses on artwork that is outside the traditional glass world, drawing simultaneously from the glass, sculpture and/or new media disciplines – hovering in a “state of superposition, between disciplines and media, with infinite possibility and little actual opportunity — i.e., the discomfort of glass” They are seeking “to support a longer view of where glass is headed — where the identity of glass may be intermingled with the larger world of contemporary art.”Call For Entries:

{SUPERPOSITION} will be a juried show of sculptural glass and glass related sculpture to be held at the Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle WA in June, 2011 concurrent with the Glass Art Society Conference. They are now accepting submissions.

“We are looking for artists whose works inhabit so many places simultaneously that they might not fit into any of them. We are interested in works that directly address this condition of being in multiple places at once, as well as projects produced by artists who inhabit the fringes of genres.

The conventional work and commerce associated with glass is limited in scope, exhibition space, and growth. There is a general lack of awareness in greater contemporary practice of the fertile growth and development of glass as a sculptural medium in recent years.

Material-based artists offer a bridging ground, coming out of the material and physical understanding of their traditions and exploring the conceptual territory offered by contemporary practice, often creating their own definitions of what they are doing. Likewise, non-glass artists approach material and the issues surrounding glass from fresh and intriguing perspectives, mapping areas outside conventional glass practice, but linked to the whole.”

APPLICATION DEADLINE | FEBRUARY 11th
WHEN – June 2011, in conjunction with the Glass Art Society Conference

WHERE – Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle Washington.

JURORS – Jin Hongo, Jocelyne Prince, Michael Scheiner, Jack Wax

APPLICATION DEADLINE – February 11th, 2011

For more information about the exhibition, please visit
http://hyperopiaprojects.com/

Matt Szosz Demonstration on how to inflate fused glass

>Glass artist Matt Szosz gave a series of lectures and demonstrations here at the Washington Glass School as part of Craft Week DC. Novie Trump filmed one of his explosive demos, where he would take sheets of fused float glass and inject compressed air inside, causing it to erupt in fanstastic shapes and patterns. We will post more of the vids and photos as we get them!

Matt Szosz Demos Inflating Fused Glass

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Matt Szosz Technique: Fused, Inflated Window Glass

Join us for a fascinating and unusual free demo to be held during CraftWeek DC and in cooperation with the James Renwick Alliance’s Spring Craft Weekend. Glass Weekend “Rising Star” Matt Szosz will be inflating fused sheets of glass into sculptural “envelopes”. Inflating hot glass is explosive – the stillness of the final form is belied by the frenetic urgency of the process. Join us while Matt Szosz shows an amazing kiln process experience. This is a great show!

Using glass and clouds as a material sources, much of Matthew’s work stems from experimentation with modes of manipulation. He is interested in developing new ways of transforming sheet glass when it is at fusing/casting temperatures to capture the tactile quality and the complex curves the material achieves when heated.


Artist Matt Szosz
Dates Sat April 24
Time 11 am – 1pm

Born in Rhode Island, Matthew Szosz has received a BFA, a BID (Industrial Design), and a MFA (Glass) from Rhode Island School of Design. He has worked professionally in art and art related fields in Rhode Island, New Mexico and California for the last ten years. Recently he has received the Pilchuck Scholarship, a Stein Fund Grant, the Award of Excellence in Graduate Studies from RISD and the Jutta Cuny-Franz Award in 2009.