|1. RICHARD JOLLEY, who grew up in Tennessee, is known for his imaginative blown-glass figurative sculpture. He received his BFA from George Peabody College and went on to study glassblowing at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. He currently lives and works in Knoxville, Tennessee, where he recently completed one of the world’s largest glass installations for the Knoxville Museum of Art. The present work, Time of Day, is designed to change with the light throughout the day, altering the color and mood of the portrait on the steel box structure. This completely new work employs cut aluminum in conjunction with etched plate glass to create the portrait head, which reflects different moods as the light shifts.|
|2. RICHARD ROYAL, a native of the Northwest, is recognized internationally as one of the most skilled glassblowers in the studio glass movement. Royal began his glass studies at the Pilchuck Glass School and worked as the main gaffer on the renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly’s team for a number of years. He was one of the first to be named Artist in Residence at the Waterford Crystal Factory in Ireland. The five works titled Optic Lens take their name from the Fresnel lens used in lighthouses. With these works on an impressive scale, you can see Royal’s mastery of blown glass to create these transparent forms. The result is the wonderful transmission of light and nature reflected on, and projected through, these objects. I chose the location of the woods with the timber bases to contrast the ethereal qualities of the glass forms.|
|3. JOHN KILEY is a native of Seattle and began his professional career as a gaffer with Dale Chihuly’s Chandelier team and Lino Tagliapietra’s glassblowing team. He is currently the glass director at the Schack Art Center in Everett, Washington. Kiley is known for his dynamic blown-glass sculptures that play on the transparency and balance of the form within space. This work at
Chesterwood, called Clear Cut, is John’s first for the outdoors. This time he chose to use plate glass, supported by a massive Douglas fir base. This work not only explores balance and transparency of the glass forms but also creates a dialogue with nature.
|4. MARTIN BLANK is originally from Sharon, Massachusetts, and studied fine arts at the Rhode Island School of Design. After receiving his BFA, he relocated his family to Seattle, where he worked with Dale Chihuly. Blank has developed unique hot-glass sculpting methods to create his well-known figurative and natural forms. In 2008, Blank created a 210-foot installation for the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington, made of more than seven hundred elements. The massive, thirty-two-part blown-glass structure Crystal Reveil is inspired by the form of giant Northwest cedars. Blank’s reverence to nature serves as a reminder that we must pay homage to the natural world, the source of life.|
|5. & 6. THOMAS SCOON resides and maintains a studio in New Hampshire. He received his BFA from Illinois State University and his MFA from Massachusetts College of Art. His figurative work combines and contrasts the translucent qualities of cast glass with the natural rawness of granite. The seated figure, One in One, bears reference to the historic seated Lincoln at
Chesterwood. The four works
titled Companions are installed as if they are having a conversation with one another, while integrated into the stone wall backdrop of the studio garden. Scoon’s work is frequently installed in outdoor locations.
|7. & 8. The Dutch artist PETER BREMERS studied sculpture at the University of Fine Arts and the Jan van Eyck Academie, both in Maastricht, the Netherlands. Bremers’ cast- and carved-glass sculptures echo his impressions of polar landscapes. The two cast-glass sculptures presented at Chesterwood, Icebergs andParaphernalia and Movement II, are tributes to the timeless beauty found in large polar-ice formations. These pieces have a classic beauty like that of works by French, which is why they were positioned near his studio.|
|9. NANCY CALLAN, a native of the North Shore in Massachusetts, earned a BFA at Massachusetts College of Art and further developed her skills as a glassblower working on Lino Tagliapietra’s team for more than ten years. Callan has since taught throughout the United States and abroad. This installation, Julia’s Garden, is her first significant outdoor composition. A focus of Callan’s art is on whimsy and playfulness. This work has an element of fantasy when situated among the ferns in the woods.|
|10. The Seattle artist KAIT RHOADS received her BFA in glass from the Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA in glass from Alfred University, New York, in 2001. She was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship for the study of sculpture in Venice. Trigonal was inspired by quartz crystal formations that Rhoads originally discovered at Joshua Tree National Park in California. She has re-created these formations using glass “murrine” she made and assembled with copper wire over a steel armature. Blue quartz represents peace and tranquillity. I chose this locale for Rhoads’ piece as a place for quiet contemplation and meditation.|
|11. DANIEL CLAYMAN began “sculpting with light” as a lighting design student at Connecticut College. In 1983 he enrolled in the glass program at the Rhode Island School of Design, graduating with a BFA in glass, and he currently has a studio in East Providence, Rhode Island. Clayman was recently distinguished by a film about his work, produced by the Corning Museum of Glass. His work in cast glass has been at the forefront of glass-casting technology. This prominent sculpture is titled North 41.47 West 71.70 Copper, after the coordinates of the boulder’s original location. The sculpture was cast in multiple parts and carefully reassembled. I chose this location for Clayman’s piece because it has a relationship with the large glacial boulders in the background. There is a magical quality to this copper-leafed glass form positioned in a natural setting.|
|12. The Berkshire native THOMAS PATTI earned his BFA and MFA in industrial design and architectural theory at Pratt Art Institute. He has been working in glass since the 1960s and is recognized worldwide as an artist at the forefront of glass technology who has spearheaded glass as an art form. Patti’s work is devoted primarily to large architectural installations, and his most recent commission was a major installation for Oakland International Airport. Patti chose the locale for EARTH/SKY for its proximity to French’s studio and home and their integration with the surrounding landscape. The plate glass surfaces are activated by variations of light, creating new realities and an opportunity to view nature in a unique way.|
|13. & 14. WILLIAM CARLSON has two monumental works in this exhibition. He received his BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1973 and his MFA in 1976 from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Carlson moved to the Berkshires after retiring as chair of the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Miami. He has significantly influenced the contemporary art glass movement as both an artist and an educator. At Chesterwood, Sine Nomine plays on the universal symbol X and employs steel to support the cast-glass elements. Vetro Muralis is composed of several tons of local granite with Carlson’s signature cast-glass elements. There is a dynamic interplay between the colorful, translucent glass and the powerful nature of the granite.|
|15. Born in Champaign, Illinois, SIDNEY HUTTER received his BS in art at Illinois State University and his MFA at Massachusetts College of Art. He also attended the Lowell Institute of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Hutter was among the first artists who experimented with laminated-glass techniques using industrial plate glass. Louie’s Electric Two represents the mythical tracking of a curveball thrown by the Boston Red Sox pitcher Luis Tiant. The title also refers to the glass disks representing ceramic insulators for electric currents. This sculpture is made from some of the salvaged glass from the John Hancock Tower in Boston.|
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