In celebration of the 10th anniversary of Pilchuck Glass Schools Emerging Artist
in Residence program, Tacoma Art Museum presents an extraordinary review of
34 artists who participated in the program over the last decade. The exhibition
will include bold works of glass art as well as the exploration of other materials as
diverse as X-rays, bronze, video and steel.
The artists represented in Clearly Brilliant bring many themes and unique
approaches to their work. Some artists make reference to objects you would see
in everyday life such as Mitchell Gaudet who is influenced by the original
risk-taking Pilchuck glass
artist - Dale Chihuly.
Gaudets Penance consists
of glass figures hanging as if
they were individual
components in a chandelier hanging over a dining room table.
Other artists deal with nature and the human body, such as Lise
Autogenas Spine series which uses glass to abstract the skeletal
system and convey a sense of fragility of the human body.
Celeste Staritas Untitled is made up of clear blocks of what looks
like three giant ice cubes, with ghostly, opaque forms and shapes
inside as you look deeper.
Clearly Brilliant artists find themselves not only on the cutting
edge of glass art, but also in all other areas of sculpture. The
exhibition is endorsed by the Pilchuck Glass School and curated
by Greg Bell, Curator of Contemporary Art.
Support for Clearly Brilliant provided by the Frank Russell