SYMPOSIUM

Architecture and the Artistry of Glass

Date: Friday 24 August 2012
Time: 10am – 5.30pm
Venue: School of Art and Design, University of Wolverhampton, WV1 1DT
Prices: Standard £130, Student and Masterclass participants £65, CGS Members 20% discount £104.
Website: www.wlv.ac.uk/artanddesign/glassbiennale
Contact: Dr Max Stewart on Max.Stewart@wlv.ac.uk

 

Please Note: The deadline for booking a place on the Symposium is 5.00pm, Friday 3rd August.

The symposium Architecture and the Artistry of Glass explores the relationship between glass and architectural forms whether in terms of building materials or the artist wedded to architecture.

The symposium brings together artists and designers whose international profiles are distinguished: John Lewis, the Californian sculptor and architectural artist; Danny Lane whose furniture and sculpture ranges from the domestic to the massive; Brent Richards, award winning architect in the field of glass technology; Tomasz Urbanowicz, the Polish Architectural Glass artist; and Keith Cummings who has pioneered kiln forming over the past 45 years and has been active as a teacher and practitioner.

Their work sits within the architectural environment as structure, membrane or object. These artists’ notions of transparency and solidity exert a particularly seductive and tenacious hold on the imagination, and the relationship that is produced between glass and architecture is at its most sophisticated when their technical limitations are transcended.

Writing in 1931, Gropius presciently observed: 'Glass is the purest form of building material made from earthly matter. It can mark the limits to spaces, it can protect us against the weather, but at the same time opens up spaces, it is light and incorporeal. Although glass as such has been known to us for many years, it is the technical age we now live in with all its modern manufacturing processes that has rendered this substance one of the most valuable materials of our day and of the future. Glass architecture, until recently deemed purely utopian, is now a reality.'

By their expression the invited speakers have produced work that has changed the way we view the world. The artists here know that these intangible things are at the heart of what they produce. The mastery of their medium combined with the intangible are what astounds us in their work. This symposium explores their thinking and delves into their methodology.of transparency and solidity exert a particularly seductive and tenacious hold on the imagination, and the relationship that is produced between glass and architecture is at its most sophisticated when their technical limitations are transcended. Writing in 1931, Gropius presciently observed: 'Glass is the purest form of building material made from earthly matter. It can mark the limits to spaces, it can protect us against the weather, but at the same time opens up spaces, it is light and incorporeal. Although glass as such has been known to us for many years, it is the technical age we now live in with all its modern manufacturing processes that has rendered this substance one of the most valuable materials of our day and of the future. Glass architecture, until recently deemed purely utopian, is now a reality.'

By their expression the invited speakers have produced work that has changed the way we view the world. The artists here know that these intangible things are at the heart of what they produce. The mastery of their medium combined with the intangible are what astounds us in their work. This symposium explores their thinking and delves into their methodology.



Photos courtesy of S Bruntnell, P Dutton, C Day, K Brocklehurst, J Christley, M Holm, M Durran, P Wood, J Plant, J Smith, Glass Genie, KT Yun, D McNeill, J Coakley,  J Elliott, S Snaddon, I Dury.
J Low, J Newman, V Bamforth, N Baker.
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