I’ll be exhibiting my latest works starting May 16th and running to June 10th at this most wonderful venue with three other abstract artists at The Bartlett Gallery at Alton Mill, not far from The Millcroft Inn, just south-west of Orangeville.
Opening reception is Saturday May 26th from 1-4 pm.
This very exciting new piece uses a new technique I have developed, forcing the glass to take on a distressed, crinkled look, as if it was a piece of stiff cloth balled up and then folded out again.
Synapse is 24″ x 23″ x 3″.
Several shades of blues and greens on the black background are enhanced by the clear circular and cracked features (reminding me of nerve synapses – though it’s whatever you want it to be!), another new technique I am perfecting with the success of Trinitas, Cosmos Sculpture and Cosmos Sculpture II.
I made Synapse to be mounted and displayed on a light coloured wall. It is ready for invisible mounting with included hardware.
Some kudos are due here: Many thanks to my good friend and professional photographer Robert Brown for making Synapse look so good in pictures!
I am quite simply … delighted … that the curators of renowned Bartlett Gallery located within the historic Alton Mill in Caledon, Ontario have taken to my work.
Starting today, coincident with the Mill’s 3rd annual Fire & Ice Festival, a multitude of my fused glass sculptures, window & wall panels, decorative platters, and including my “soft gothic” stained glass work are on display and for sale.
The Mill is a wonderful destination that includes several galleries and resident artist studios. The Bartlett Gallery, set within the rejuvenated 19th century mill and factory, is about an ideal display location that I could imagine for my work!
A mesmerizing glass sculpture! Grenadine red and clear glass with black streams project dramatic ebb and flow.
Multiple firings produced layered texture effects that display subtle variety up close and add overall drama to the work. Each piece uniquely flows into the next, forming a closed loop.
Apparent Movement was commissioned by York Region Arts Council, chaired by Wendy Fairbairn, and displayed to media and presented on December 17th at the newly renovated Lebovic Centre at “19 on the Park” in Stouffville, Ontario.
The six-piece fused glass commissioned work was designed to be as “one” for only a short time. Six key individuals received each piece by Wendy, a gesture to recognize and thank them for their contribution and dedication to a great and exciting cause, including: Continue reading Apparent Movement→
This six-piece fused glass sculpture is a commissioned work, designed to be as “one” for only a short time: six individuals are recipients of each piece, a gesture to recognize and thank them for their contribution to a great and exciting cause.
Each piece required 3 separate kiln firings to incorporate the various texture and curvature effects. The particular Grenadine glass Greg used possesses lots of subtle character, not to mention a rich romantic colour. Each piece is approximately 19 inches wide, 12 inches high and 5 inches deep. Arranged end-to-end the sculpture is over 9 feet long.
The flow of energy and passion flows from one piece to another: the six unique pieces are arranged into a continuous visual loop. The flow of energy and passion is generated by several techniques: the waves of red and clear transparent glass; the kiln carved striped impressions on the rear and front (look carefully – there are two techniques); the whispy Grenadine stringers; and the three-dimensional wave form of each piece and their ascending and declining top edges.
The following two Slideshows and one Videoshow below demonstrate some of Greg’s basic steps in the construction of one of the six pieces that make up Apparent Movement.
Greg’s Comment on this The Making Of:
If this all looks simple then I’ve done a good job. What makes art, in my belief, is its ability to convey a sense of “magic”, not only in the finished work’s affect on your senses, but in the process of its creation. What makes you listen and watch the complex hand movements of a master harpist (my Sister is one), magician or guitarist (my Brother), practicing the best of their work? It seems magical and so it should.
Some artists fear exposure of their technique. I do not; I know that for you to attempt what I describe in these images and video you will appreciate the true complexity and discipline involved. I hope you try! Like many lucky others, you may just discover the wonderful world of glass I find myself immersed in.
Learning the making of an artwork can stimulate one’s appreciation for it and for this exciting and stimulating medium in general- that is my goal here – enjoy!