Solid Air profiles the innovators and pace-setters of the British glass scene. The artists featured are rising talents in their field and names to watch out for in the future. The exhibition has been designed to appeal to a wide audience and will reach across the craft and fine art spheres. Particularly those who want to be inspired to think about and see glass in a different way should not miss Solid Air.
Solid Air features exciting new glass by Helen Maurer, Max Jacquard, Valerie Olleon and Matthew Durran who use different techniques within the site-specific environment of the Crafts Council Gallery to create atmosphere and mood.
In a departure from more traditional glass vessels and sculpture, the use of mixed media, including photography, television, sound and light, reflects a fresh approach to glass art. An element of drama is introduced to the Gallery space. Visitors will have all their senses stimulated as they walk through the exhibition.
Although an everyday material, glass continues to seduce and fascinate and the viewers interaction with glass is key to this exhibition. The four artists exploit the tactile nature of glass and its reflective and textural qualities to communicate ideas and evoke responses from the visitor.
Solid Air encapsulates the creative buzz growing in todays British glass scene. Curator Emma Woffenden says: Solid Air is a glass show with a difference - visitors will enter an interactive zone where their perceptions of glass will be challenged.
Cloth Man, 2002
Photo : Colin Campbell