On December 13th, I went to Corning, New York and visited the largest museum dedicated to glass art at the Corning Museum of Glass. While I was there, I had the opportunity to check out the section dedicated to Contemporary works of glass art. This gallery was separated into five different sections in an effort to categorize the pieces that were present, each with their own interesting twist.
One of my personal favorites from this gallery was titled “Sheer Volume” by Michael Scheiner. The artist was able to create this piece by taking several commercial glass panels, and forms were painted onto each sheet using diluted clay. From the front, all of the painted sections of the clay line up and it creates an interesting white organic shape in the center of the glass. As the viewer travels to the side of the piece they see that the shape is actually created by a series of increasingly larger shapes on all of the panes of glass. This creates an interesting illusion of depth and emulates the feeling that something larger is being suspended in all of the panels of glass.
Another one of my favorites was the “Silver Gray Nocturne Triptych” by Therese Lahaie. This piece features three separate sections, all doing similar things. Each part of the piece has a paintbrush mounted on a mechanical arm that constantly causes it to rotate on its center axis toward the viewer. This causes a piece of cloth to move in a rhythmic, almost poetic way and makes the cloth feel like it is breathing. There are glass panels in front of each cloth that give the cloth an aesthetic that is similar to water. The artist said that animating the cloth behind the glass gives it life and it shows the ability of the material to bend and obscure light. The artist also said that her piece “invites the viewer to focus on the fundamental rhythms of heartbeat and breath, expansion and contraction”
Overall, the gallery featured a lot of artistically interesting and aesthetically pleasing pieces. This is arguably one of the best galleries I’ve visited this year, and I intend on going back once school starts again.