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!
The only way to describe this self-standing sculpture is to look at it (my written description is failing!)
I made this sculpture specifically for display and sale at my PRAXIS Gallery show in Toronto’s Queen St. West arts district (running through to December 31, 2011).
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 until January 15, 2012.
You can merely drive by PRAXIS Gallery at 1614 Queen St. West (in Parkdale at Sorauren), day or night, and see them for yourself. (Click here for map to gallery).
Below is a slideshow of the sculpture. I can assure you it is even more mesmerizing in person!
THIS PIECE IS NOW SOLD! I make much of my work custom so please Contact me if you like this piece.
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:
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.
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