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Passion Red!

This is a delightful series I made for the 3rd annual Schomberg Village Street Gallery that I co-chair with my good friend and photographer Tom Wray.

The photos don’t do justice to the intensity and character of this red! This red is sexy and passionate and intense: a bold statement, no holding back, no apologies, thank you.

Red is becoming increasingly expensive as a raw material for me as not only is gold one of its components, strychnine is a by-product making this colour increasingly difficult, if not banned in some jurisdictions, to manufacture.

So I’ve been holding onto this piece and in thinking of a new, exciting series to dazzle visitors to this year’s show, my inspiration came very naturally for this under-stated and elegant set.

I want the red to speak for itself! Sometimes I want my technique and glass cutting skills to be the Wow Factor.

But in times like this, I’m all about the glass. Not only is this semi-transparent red vibrant, it contains wonderful whisps of shading that you get lost in.

My black whimsical bands are produced using some of the same red to create the “fingerprint” pattern throughout. The clear glass that surrounds each band makes them “float” within each piece.

I’m very happy how all these techniques came together! Bold and bright, yet elegant and under-stated.

The large round ball surface” piece is 21″ in diameter.
Square decorative platter: 18″ x 18″
Rectangular decorative platters: 15″ x 7″

Note: All pieces are food friendly (platters are great for sushi!) though I design them as fine art pieces, ready for display.

Go BOLD, go PASSIONATE, go RED!

Two Solitudes: Tahedl-Locke Collaborative Sculpture

(2011)

I’ve been most privileged to be paired with renowned King artist Ernestine Tahedl (RCA, OSA) in a collaborative programme created by the OSA and the Woodstock Gallery, called “pARTners”.

Ernestine has long been an active,  strong supporter of the arts. She has quite an artistic history and a stunning portfolio of works, including stained glass and acrylic paintings. You can see more on her and her work here:

Ernestine Tahedl Web Site

Ernestine Tahedl at Trias Gallery

Her early involvement with stained glass comes full-circle as she is now experimenting in fused glass with me, techniques that were largely unavailable in the 1960’s. The 2-piece sculpture you see here is a product of our experimentation with integrating Japanese paper into our required work. This “test” piece inspired us to go further with this inclusion technique.

I couldn’t write enough about how we’ve enjoyed working together!  Ernestine’s well-honed skills in colour, mood and composition have influenced me greatly.  Her passion for creating new works is a joy to behold and share.  Ernestine loved the ability to use various frits (ground glass) as paint: the vibrancy of colour is hard to duplicate in acrylic or oil.  I’m sure she’ll continue in fused glass for this reason alone (and the freedom and joy of sculptural shape).

Here’s Ernestine on our work together:

I am delighted to add a few comments to our collaboration, which it really is and was Greg’s expertise and technical know-how that kept me on the straight and narrow, although I did manage to disturbe the order of his studio and his way of working.   I think both of us have taken away a wonderful experience of respecting the other’s creativity and talents and are so enriched by it. Yes I think I have been very much taken by this work and I am afraid Greg will see me more often destroying his order …. Enjoy the sculpture.

Ernestine

WE’VE SINCE COMPLETED OUR “FINAL” (2nd) WORK –
BUT YOU’LL HAVE TO WAIT FOR THE UNVEILING ON NOVEMBER 19th IN WOODSTOCK.

I can tell you it’s even more stunning than our “test” piece here and leverages the techniques we learned from it.

And … you can buy it! It will be auctioned on November 19th to fund the pARTners programme for future years. At this time all 10 teams’ collaborative works will be revealed (plus a piece on display from each artist).

Public exhibition is integral to pARTners: Besides our opening at the Woodstock Gallery, all works will tour through much of 2012 at public and private galleries (some T.B.A.), including the Aurora Cultural Centre and the John B. Aird Gallery in Toronto

pARTners
 
 
 

Learn more about the pARTners programme here.
Greg Locke and Ernestine Tahedl Article in Tapestry

 
 

Tapestry Magazine Fall 2011

The collaborative “test” piece made by Greg and renowned King artist Ernestine Tahedl is profiled as part of the “pARTners” OSA and Woodstock Gallery sponsored programme. Click here for the article.