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New Mexico Museum of Art celebrates 50th Anniversary of American Studio Glass Movement

Once upon a time ... by Emilie Haman, 2011 at New Mexico Museum of Art (photo by François Golfier)

Once upon a time … by Emilie Haman, 2011 (photo by François Golfier)

Chromatic Fusion: The Art of Fused Glass, featuring Klaus Moje
Emerge 2012: A Showcase of Rising Talents in Kiln-glass
New Mexico Museum of Art
October 5, 2012 through January 6, 2013

The New Mexico Museum of Art announces two concurrent exhibitions of glass art to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the American studio glass movement in 2012. The exhibitions – Chromatic Fusion: The Art of Fused Glass, featuring Klaus Moje and Emerge 2012: A Showcase of Rising Talents in Kiln-glass – include both emerging and established artists working in kilnformed glass. Artists from around the globe are highlighted in these two exhibitions that open to the public on Friday, October 5, 2012, 5:30-7:30 p.m., with a reception hosted by the Women’s Board of the Museum of New Mexico. Both shows will be on view through January 6, 2013.

“Museums and galleries around the country are marking the golden anniversary of American studio glass through exhibitions and programs that celebrate the vitality of this popular medium. The New Mexico Museum of Art has chosen to focus its programming on a different aspect of contemporary glass than the glassblowing studio practices of the early decades. These two companion exhibitions examine the process of kilnforming, which is a practice that is witnessing great strides in terms of innovative use of materials today,” notes Curator of Contemporary Art Laura Addison. “Like the history of glass art itself, these two concurrent exhibitions go beyond the borders of the United States to emphasize the international impact of glass. To celebrate contemporary glass in this country, one has to appreciate the mutual influence that occurs among artists inside and outside of this country.”

Chromatic Fusion: The Art of Fused Glass, featuring Klaus Moje explores the various technical, thematic, and visual approaches to kilnformed glass by artists working around the globe. The centerpiece of the exhibition is Klaus Moje’s large-scale, multipanel work The Portland Panels: Choreographed Geometry (2007). A tour de force work by this German-born artist who helped build the renowned glass program at the Canberra School of Art in Australia, The Portland Panels consist of four 6-foot panels and over 22,000 pieces of glass fused together. Other artists in the exhibition likewise demonstrate their mastery of glass through myriad techniques such as murrini, pate de verre, slumping, engraving, and fusible film. These artists include Kate Baker, Giles Bettison, Cobi Cockburn, Mel George, Deborah Horrell, Steve Klein, Jessica Loughlin, Richard Marquis, Catharine Newell, April Surgent, Joanne Teasdale, Carmen Vetter, Yoko Yagi, and Toots Zynsky.

In partnership with Bullseye Glass, the New Mexico Museum of Art will host Emerge 2012: A Showcase of Rising Talents in Kiln-glass, the seventh biennial juried show of early-career artists working in kilnformed glass. This international competition, sponsored and organized by Bullseye Glass, highlights emerging talents and innovative approaches within this field. Emerge 2012 includes the competition’s award-winners and three Juror’s Choice selections. The artworks were selected by three jurors: artists Silvia Levenson and Klaus Moje and New Mexico Museum of Art curator Laura Addison.

The works are thematicall and functionally diverse, but share a mastery of materials. French artist Émilie Haman’s Once Upon a Time, which won the Gold Award in the competition, is an exquisitely executed kilncast-glass pig’s hoof with satin laces that is inspired by the often grotesque narrative twists in fairy tales. Japanese-born artist Sayaki Suzuki’s hyperrealistic kilncast-glass feast of Harvest Day, which won the Kilncaste Award, tricks the eye into believing the skins of the onion and the kernels of corn are real, and make you anticipate the crunch of a baguette. The water lily-shaped shallow bowls by Spaniards Ester Luesma and Xavier Vega were awarded the Design Award for their creative approach to glass functional are for restaurants that parallels the innovative approach of master chefs to their own “medium.”

The artists selected are: Miri Admoni (Israel), Karen Bexfield (United States), Cortney Boyd (United States), Victoria Calabro (United States), Émilie Haman (France), Elizabeth Fortunato (United States), Ester Luesma and Xavier Vega (Spain), Karen Mahardy (United States), Sayaka Suzuki (United States) and Amy Westover (United States).

A full-color catalog of Emerge 2012 is available.

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