EMULSION East City Art Regional Juried Show

East City Artists Construct Content in Glass

Erin Antognoli mixes steel, glass and imagery in her sculpture.

The new exhibit “Constructing Content” brings together three artists from the ECA area that explore the ways in which ideas are translated and transformed as artists move from one medium to another. Arriving at kiln-formed glass from diverse backgrounds, these “crossover artists” bring new concerns and techniques to the medium that the DC area has become well known for – glass .  Working at the Washington Glass School, Erin Antognoli, Sean Hennessey and Erwin Timmers are kindred spirits, and their 3 person show opens this weekend at the Delaplaine Arts Center in Maryland.

Sean Hennessey creates narrative cast glass panels at the Washington Glass School.

“We are not in pursuit of the perfect object, or even, necessarily, beautiful objects.” explains painter and sculptor Sean Hennessey, “We are all driven by the narratives that we bring to our work. Our content drives and informs the imagery and the form. We treat glass like another artistic media, using it as an exploration of ideas”.

“I made the switch to glass and steel sculpture after nearly two decades as a photographer,” explains photographer and sculptor Erin Antognoli, “doing anything by hand seems to have become a lost art. Therefore, as a challenge to the age of digitization, it seemed fitting to me to hand-work the physical sculpture by grinding the glass circles, welding the steel frames, and showcasing handwritten letters.”

Erin Antognoli, “Heading West To Find A Bridge”, detail.

Other artists, through kiln-glass, find a reinforcement of their artistic beliefs. “There is a swiftness, freedom, and honesty I feel working in glass,” says Washington Glass School co-founder, Erwin Timmers. “I’m not sure I felt quite the same way in my years of sculpting metal.” Erwin works with recycled glass, and environmental integrity informs his work. He feels that material and content are intertwined. “I believe there are no neutral materials,” explains Erwin, “I try to use materials for their intrinsic and philosophical content.”

Erwin Timmers explores ecological implications in his recycled glass sculpture.

Sean Hennessey, “Promise Locks”, detail.

These artists, with work as diverse as their backgrounds, are brought together because their unique visions have helped build a new direction for glass sculpture.

Constructing  Content

December 1-31, 2012

Reception: December 1, 2012,  from 3-5pm

Delaplaine Arts Center, 40 S. Carroll Street, Frederick, MD 21701

About the Author

Michael Janis developed a focus on glass after working for twenty years as an architect in the United States and Australia. Now as Co-Director of the Washington Glass School, Janis has taught at the UK’s National Glass Centre at the University of Sunderland, Penland School of Crafts, California’s Bay Area Glass Institute, Hot Glass Houston, and The Glass Furnace (Istanbul, Turkey). Awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 2012, he became an Artist-in-Residence at the Institute for International Research in Glass (IIRG) at the University of Sunderland. Janis’ artwork has been shown at major galleries and international art fairs and is included in the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2011, Janis had a solo exhibition of his artwork at the Fuller Craft Museum (Massachusetts), and was named a “Rising Star” by the Creative Glass Center of America. The James Renwick Alliance named him "Distinguished Artist 2013/2014 and had him present his work at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Janis also edits the Washington Glass School blog at http://washingtonglassschool.com/school/blog

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