17 Oct

European Glass Festival – Wroclaw – Łódź – Legnica – Kraków

Dr Jekyll and Mrs Hyde – Play with Glass – European Glass Festival – 17.10.2016–10.11.2016 – opening: 17 October 2016, 5 pm – Wrocław Central Train Station – Session Room

 Kalina Bańka – Poland; Jakub Berdych Karpelis – Czech Republic; Æsa Björk – Iceland/Norway; Javier Blanco – Spain; Jana Hojstričová, Palo Macho – Slovakia; Krista Israel – Netherlands; Maria Koshenkova – Russia/Denmark; Magdalena Kucharska – Poland; Sini Majuri – Finland; Mihály Melcher – Hungary; John Moran – USA/Belgium; Silvio Vigliaturo – Italy; Janusz Walentynowicz – Denmark/USA; Krzysztof Wałaszek – Poland; Bernd Weinmayer – Germany/Austria; Dana Zámečníková – Czech Republic; Barbara Zworska-Raziuk – Poland 

Curator: Anita Bialic

Wrocław – Wrocław Central Train Station – Session Room – 17.10.2016–10.11.2016

Tuesday – Friday, Sunday – 1 pm – 7 pm / Saturday – 10 am – 7pm

Łódź – Municipal Art Gallery – Re:Medium Gallery – ul. Piotrkowska 113 – 17.11.2016–10.12.2016

Legnica – RING Gallery – Pl. Katedralny 1 – 16.12.2016–29.01.2017

Kraków – BB Gallery – ul. Skałeczna 5 – 07.02.2017–31.03.2017

Festival DebutBeginning – Sebastian Kitzberger – Czech Republic 

EGF exhibition:

Where is my paradise? – Shige Fujishiro – Japan

Travellers – Marta Gibiete – Latvia

Transfer – Antonina Joszczuk

Flamingos and Inselbergs – Stefan Sadowski

INSIDE – Magdalena Tyc-Witwicka

HOT DOG – Stani (Stanisław Jan Borowski) 

Still Life – Anna Gałuszka

Memory Cards – Małgorzata Mitka

Festival programme

“We see glass as a solid substance, but in fact, it is a liquid; there are so many ways to use it. We have only scratched the surface,” said Zesty Meyers, who joins Evan Snyderman to make B Team, whose designs include works using liquid glass.

The main exhibition of the 5th edition of the Play with Glass European Glass Festival, which bears the provocative title of Dr Jekyll and Mrs Hyde, covers the gamut of possibilities available to glass artists in the twenty-first century. In Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson’s world-famous novella The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886), a distinguished London doctor, Henry Jekyll, turns into the cruel Edward Hyde through a serum of his own invention. Jekyll is unable to reconcile himself to the acts he performs as Hyde, and commits suicide.

Stevenson’s novella is a portrait of a person who is pathologically divided; it introduced the phrase “Jekyll and Hyde” into our colloquial language to describe a person with a split personality. Will turning Dr Jekyll into a Mrs Hyde prevent the suicide? Or will Mrs Hyde, like her male counterpart, turn out to be a monster…? The eighteen artists from thirteen European countries who have been invited to take part in the main exhibition of this year’s festival have received a difficult task: to use glass to present a personal tale of a contemporary Dr Jekyll, alienated in the industrial and virtual space of the twenty-first century.

In viewing the works specially prepared for the exhibition, we have no doubt that, as an artistic medium, glass offers limitless opportunities for expression and uncovering the truth of the world that surrounds us.

One year ago, a The Wall Street Journal headline ran: “Glass Becomes the Art World’s Buzziest Material.” The Dr Jekyll and Mrs Hyde exhibition confirms that glass is “buzzy” indeed.

www.europeanglassfestival.com

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16 Sep

Transition at Edinburgh College of Art

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16th -30th September 2016
Edinburgh College of Art (ECA), Sculpture Court, Lauriston Place, Edinburgh, EH3 9DF

We are pleased to announce that 32 glass artists have been selected for the ‘Transition’ ECA Alumni Glass Exhibition as follows; Emma Butler-Cole Aiken, Amanda Baron, Æsa Björk, Kirsty Brooks, Robin Crawford, Juli Bolaños-Durman, Rachel Elliott, Carrie Fertig, Dominic Fonde, Ainsley Francis, Shaun Fraser, Jamie Gray, Rhian Haf, Siobhan Healy, Alan Horsley, Dr Choi Keeryong, Ida Weith-Knudsen, Gemma Leamy, Malvina Middleton, Harry Morgan, June Morrison, Lisa Naas, Patricia Niemann, Inge Paneels, Agelos Papadakis, Laura Reed, Garvin Sealy, Minako Shirakura, Dr Max Stewart, Richard Wheater, Clare Wilson and Jeff Zimmer. Photographic images of their work will be shown as part of the Transition exhibition and will be shown alongside the members of Staff who taught them over the years; the work of Dr Ray Flavell, Douglas Hogg, Alec Galloway, Dr Jessamy Kelly, Geoffrey Mann, Alison McConnachie, Keiko Mukaide and Ingrid Phillips will be represented.

Photographic prints of alumni work will be shown alongside a selection of historical artifacts, documents and artworks from the ECA Glass archive collection. The exhibition will showcase the wealth of talent, which has emerged over the years from the department.

The show will run from the 16-30th September alongside the North Lands 20 Conference, which is being held at ECA on the 16-18th September. A preview event will be held on Thursday the 22nd of September 6-8pm at ECA.

Glass has been established at ECA for over 100 years, the postgraduate course is unique within Scotland and located at one of the few centres of excellence in this discipline in the UK. Comprehensive college-wide workshops including a state of the art digital fabrication lab and specific hot and cold glass studio facilities enable our students to experience a programme in the conception and production of glass to the highest level. We benefit from visiting professional practitioners and lecturers, and students have the opportunity to participate in live projects and competitions.

For information on the Exhibition see: http://www.eca.ed.ac.uk/school-of-design/news-events/transition

10 Sep

European Glass Context – Bornholm Art Museum

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Sep. 10 – Nov. 13 2016

This exhibition will be exhibited at Bornholm Art Museum and will be curated by a group of 6 curators. The curators will nominate artists for participation from their region, the curator group will make the final selection.

A minimum of 1, and a maximum of 2 artists from each of the 31 European countries will be accepted and be represented with 1- 2 principal pieces of work.

Participation in this exhibition, is by nomination only.

Who can participate?

All 28 members of the European Union as well as Iceland, Norway and Switzerland are invited to participate in the EGC2016 exhibitions.

Artists must be of the nationality or be a resident in the country they represent. Artists that took part in the EGC2012, may not participate in the same exhibition category in EGC2016.

Artwork can be made in any technique and form of artistic expression. The materials used in the artwork must be predominantly glass. Objects must be unique and not part of serial or industrial production. Artwork must be available throughout the full exhibition period. Artwork must be contemporary and made in 2012 or later, work produced before this time will not be accepted.

Curator Group

The curators will nominate artists for participation in the curated exhibition at Bornholm Art Museum and the entire curator group will make the final selection.
The curator group will also select participants among applicants for the open call exhibition at Grønbechs Gaard.

The group has 6 members representing various regions in Europe. The curators may come from different backgrounds within museums and education, but have all been invited because of their insight and expertise of contemporary glass in Europe. The curators play a vital role in the profile and organization of European Glass Context. Their choices will outline the direction in which contemporary glass is going in their region.

Europe 1: Maja Heuer, Museum Director The Glass Factory, Sweden

Europe 2: Sven Hauschke, Curator of Arts and Crafts and European Museum of Modern Glass, Kunstsamlungen der Veste Coburg, Germany

Europe 3: Dr Jeffrey Sarmiento, Reader in Glass, MA Glass Programme Leader, University of Sunderland, UK

Europe 4: Dr. Raimonda Simanaitiene, Assoc. Professor at Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania

Europe 5: Sylva Petrová, Curator at ZIBA Prague Glass Experience Museum, Czech Republic

Europe 6: Maria Luisa Martinez, Museum Director El Museo de Arte en Vidrio de Alcorcón – MAVA

The EGC2016 Prizes and Jury

Two prizes of € 10.000 € and € 5000 will be given to two outstanding artists or artists groups, selected among the participants in the two exhibitions. A jury of three international members with expertise within the field of glass will go through the exhibitions before the opening and select the prize winners. The winners will be announced at the exhibition opening.

The Jury members are:

Åsa Jungnelius SE, Artist and professor at Konstfack Stockholm SE

Jean-Luc Olivié FR, Chief Curator at Musee Les Arts Décoratifs FR

Lars Kærulf Møller DK, Museum director, Bornholm Art Museum DK

Venue: Bornholm Art Museum

Dates: 10. Sep. – 13. Nov. 2016

Participation: By nomination only

TERMS & CONDITIONS FOR PARTICIPATION – BOTH EXHIBITIONS

EUROPE 1

Norway
Monica Alvestad Amundsen

Sweden
Charles Stern
Sara Lundkvist

Finland
Helmi Remes
Riika Latva-Somppi

Iceland
Aesa Björk

Denmark
Mette Colberg
Pernille Braun

EUROPE 2

Germany
Sibylle Peretti
Thomas Kuhn

Austria
Eva Moosbrugger
Verena Schatz

Switzerland
Veronika Suter

The Netherlands
Alexandra Bremers
Katrin Maurer

Cyprus
Yorgos Papadopoulos

 

EUROPE 3

Ireland
Alison Lowry
Sinéad Brennan

United Kingdom
James Maskrey
Karlyn Sutherland

France
Jeremy Maxwell Wintrebert
Nadège Desgenétez

Belgium
Ilse Van Roy
Sylvie Vandenhoucke

 

EUROPE 4

Estonia
Eeva Käsper
Eve Koha

Latvia
Inguna Audere
Vineta Groza

Lithuania
Irina Peleckienė
Paulius Rainys

Poland
Agnieszka Lesniak Banasiak
Kalina Bańka

Bulgaria
Angelina Pavlova
Latchezar Boyadjiev

EUROPE 5

Czech Republic
Alena Matějka
Jiřina Žertová

Slovakia
Marta Matejková
Palo Macho

Slovenia
Monika Smolič

Hungary
Diána Farkas
Endre Gaál

Romania
Alexandra Mureșan
Mihai Topescu

EUROPE 6

Spain
Bárbara Gil de Biedma
Esther Pizarro

Portugal
Antonio Severino Pereira
Manuela Castro Martins

Italy
Silvano Rubino
Vittoria Parrinello

Croatia
Gordana Drinkovic

Exhibition catalogue

An exhibition catalogue will be produced presenting all artists with images of their work, critical notes and a short CV, as well as essays on contemporary glass.

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14 Oct

SÝN – S12 Galleri og Verksted

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SÝN -Æsa Björk

10.10.14-16.11.14

S12 Open access studio and gallery

The Exhibition SÝN gives an insight into the work of one of S12’s founders, Æsa Björk. -an artist with great awareness of the properties and qualities of glass.

The body is a recurring theme in Æsa’s artistic practice, consisting of both sculpture and installations. Her work focuses on the different layers of experience and meaning. She is interested in the boundaries between the inner and outer layers of the human being, and how we perceive ourselves in a given situation. She often works with bold and poetic glass objects and incorporates both photo and video in her work.

 Among the works displayed are Impression II -an installation with two large photographs showing the artist’s naked body covered in heavy solid glass spheres, which at the same time both reveal and conceal the motif. At the other end of the scale we find, First Impression from the Measuring Device for Negative Space – a work so delicate that the shadow is almost more visible than the sculpture itself.

 Æsa uses many different techniques in her approach to glass (pâte de verre, casting, flame working) and is not afraid to explore new directions. SÝN is an exhibition that shows the many qualities that glass can represent – and a good example of the opportunities that open up with an in depth knowledge of the material.

 Æsa Björk was one of the founders of S12 in 2005, and was the managing director until the summer 2011. From then she has been its artistic advisor.  During 2011 – 2014 she was a visiting artist and faculty at Sculpture Dimensional Studies at NYSCC – Alfred University, NY.  In 1997 she received her Masters degree from the Glass Department of Edinburgh College of Art. She also studied as an exchange student at the Prague Academy of Art and Design with Professor Vladimir Kopecky in 1994.  She has spent considerable time at the Pilchuck Glass School both as a student, TA and Emerging Artist in Residence.  In 1996 she was an artist in residence at the Corning Museum of Glass.

Vernissage 10.10.14 at 7 pm. 

The Exhibition will be opened by prizewinning curator Bjørn Inge Follevaag. Music by Heidi og Problemene.

22 Dec

Fractured Lives / Fragile Existences

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NOoSPHERE Arts in New York are proud to represent Fractured Lives/ Fragile Existences, curated by the esteemed Feng Boyi, Wang Dong and Bjørn Inge Follevaag and featuring the artists Æsa Björk (Iceland/Norway), Øyvind Johnsen (Norway), Gaby Steiner (Switzerland), and Liang Dantu (China).

So much in our lives depends on belonging. On being included and being seen. Being seen; as in being accepted and approved of by our peers, societies and cultures. Yet, this approval and sense of belonging are fragile elements – so easily disturbed or eviscerated by sudden and unforeseen outside factors like prejudice, intolerance or ignorance. This exhibition deals with some of these issues on a personal as well as a political level.

In our curatorial practices, we have always been fascinated by the storytellers. By building exhibitions in which the viewer may come out with a sense of having experienced something significant. Whether this ambition has been reached in the current exhibition remains to be seen. We have tried to avoid “artspeak”, the artificial language of the art world, because it doesn’t speak, it alienates. The message in this exhibition is no high-­‐brow statement to promote the curators’ intellectual superiority, but rather a quiet statement about the condition of things, and an appeal to listen and see.

PASS OVER by the Norwegian artist Øyvind Johnsen is a 30-­‐minute video based on the true story of a Jewish/German couple from the 1890’s. Nelly Hamburger and her German boyfriend Hans Grüner were not permitted by their respective parents to marry, so they eloped. They fled to Norway and spent one long fall together at Stalheim Hotel in Voss. This is also where they committed joint suicide. Nelly survived, but nobody knows what happened to her later in life. In this work, Johnsen talks about pain – about existential suffering, and of what could have been if prejudice and conformity had not stood in the way.

In her series of works titled Impressions, the Icelandic/Norwegian artist Æsa Björk discusses the boundaries of the body and the borders of trust. Æsa Björk talks about that which is, by way of a fragile, naked body in a glass coffin weighed down by hundreds of heavy glass marbles; a poetic comment on the traces life leaves on our bodies and the boundaries we use to protect it.

In her biographical video The Arthodox: the Freedom of Choosing Restriction about the New York artist Efroim Snyder, Swiss-­‐born Gaby Steiner describes the conscious choice of an artist within the contemporary field to embrace traditional faith and its paraphernalia, and the dilemmas involved in this transition from a so-­‐called modern lifestyle to committing to what many perceive as an old-­‐fashioned and archaic way of life.

Chinese-­‐born artist Liang Dantu talks about recreation and reincarnation in her surreal, but strongly compelling paintings. While they may appear as simple narratives at first glance, the works are laden with symbolism. Elements of fauna and flora are conscious observations of life’s fragility and a statement to the artist’s desire to protect and preserve all living things.

16 May

Nordic Glass c/o The Glass Factory

Nordic Glass c/o The Glass Factory

1 June 2013 – 12 January 2014

The exhibition consists of a selection of works by 24 artists from Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Iceland that will reveal tendencies and trends and, at the same time, demonstrate a wide diversity of form, technique and expression in contemporary Nordic glass.

Invited artists: