I just completed this fused glass sculpture for display and sale for the remainder of my PRAXIS Gallery show in Toronto’s Queen St. West arts district (running to December 30th, 2011).
“Cosmos” recently sold, a lovely creative compliment. It’s been replaced on display with Cosmos II.
This piece is based on the success of Trinitas, a 3-piece sculpture I made with fellow friend and King Township artist Ernestine Tahedl, now on display and for sale at the new Woodstock Gallery on Dundas Street until January 15, 2012.
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!