“Glass art is usually understood to refer to large modern works of art, typically one-off creations, which are substantially or wholly made in glass” according to wikipedia. This, I did not know of.
Someone recently brought up this art process to me and I’m not even going to pretend that I didn’t cringe at the thought of stained glass windows and carnival jewelry. But to be honest, once I got into scouring around the internet to see what sort of contemporary glass art I could find, I stumbled upon some really impressive stuff.
When it comes down to it, working with glass is not something easily done, meaning fewer people are practicing this process, therefor legitimizing those who do. I have major respect for any man or woman who is standing in front of a pot of flames, melting sand into scolding art material (I’m hoping it’s as heroic as I’m imagining). Regardless of how exactly it’s done, I’m betting it’s much easier to look at than to make, so let’s do just that.
The most fascinating work example I can produce is that of a mister David Chihuly. This one-eyed visionary has been producing glass art sculptures and objects since 1941 and it shows. The first four images of this post show major, colorful sculptures by Chihuly of snake-like and vegetation-emulating objects. Wicked.
On a more minimalist level, let’s take a look at the last two images of this post to see the work of Matt Eskuche fromPittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He ignores the common luxurious attitude of glass and recreates literal trash for a living, with a very modest but semi-mind-bending outcome.
To check out what some Canadians are doing glass art wise, take a peek at the Contemporary Canadian Glass website
for some pretty unique and inventive stuff!