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"Glass Fab: Three Exhibitions of Artists Working in Glass"
2002-12-13 until 2003-02-08
Gandy Gallery
Prague, , CZ Czech Republic

The first three exhibitions in Glassfab are GLASSFAB.1 : SELF - Tobias Rehberger, Autobdelygmitisch; GLASSFAB.2 : GRAFT - Denis Santacharia, Cheese King; GLASSFAB.3 : TASTE - Vogt + Weizenegger, Dyonisos1 Stomach. fab. : Two years ago Nadine Gandy invited Matali Crasset to create a project for her gallery in Prague. In February 2002 she presented matali's 3Sunic2 project: a perfume diffusor in Bohemian cristal, produced with the support of A.F.A.A., fabricated by the Ajeto Glass Factory. During these exchanges and with the coordination of Nadine Gandy, the idea was born to create a collection directed by matali: fab. fab. is the collection of the Gandy Gallery, based in Prague, Czech Republic. It will totally involve the program for the Gandy Gallery from December 12 until August 2, 2003 ; a series of global exhibitions and editions. fab. illustrates our interest in exchange, encounters and in transversality: to decompartimentalize these practices.

The Context

In a country which follows the model of the new international economic order and which will thus certainly loose in the coming years a significant amount of the know-how held by its unique craftsmen. Can we help to safeguard this know-how and induce new habits in this ephemeral moment? This crack in time allows the experimentation with various techniques in glass, wood, iron, wax, ceramics fab. imagines itself as a place and an utopia link.

In 2002, fab. will open several projects around 3 materials favouring at times durable material at others ephemeral or perishable materials:

- glassfab., a collection dedicated to glass
- waxfab., a collection dedicated to wax
- soapfab., a collection dedicated to soap.

A collection of crystal objects created by the master craftsmen of the Glass Factory Ajeto in the Czech Republic. A collection of objects "in between", in the space between art and daily usage. Objects which question the glass in the spirit of the 3sunic2 edited by the Gandy Gallery.

Matali Craset invited international artists, designers, architects to participate in glassfab .

The artits/participants

Volker Albus (D)
Claude Closky (F)
Matali Crasset (F)
Marie-Ange Guilleminot (F)
Joseph Grigely (USA)
Fabrice Gygy (CH)
Richard Hutten (NL)
Jakob + Mac Farlane (F)
Stéphane Magnin (F)
Yves Netzhammer (CH)
Olgoj & Chorchoj (CZ)
Javier Perez (SP)
Denis Santachiara (I)
Tobias Rehberger (D)
Rirkit Tiravanija (TH)
Vogt + Weizenegger (D)
Ernesto Neto (BR)

This collection is based on the principle of an border. Each artist received a theme to explore. These thematics do not express usual functions but more conceptual directions such as weight, sound, waste.

Limited editions

Objects are produced in small editions but are available at affordable prices.

The 3 first proposals are from Tobias Rehberger, Denis Santachiara and Vogt + Weizenegger.

Tobias Rehberger self selfashtray

Tobias Rehberger, German artist, born in 1966 in Esslingen, is one the stars of Geman art. His work questions with talent the limits between art, design, graphics and exploites these obsolete categories, always with an insightfull eye from which emerges significance.

His proposal for glassfab. is an ashtray, it must be understood as the continuation of his serie of artists portraits in vase. (1995/1998) The works maybe used for the collection of ashes but removing them or cleaning the trays are difficult. This creates on the side of the ashtray a sort of psychological portrait of the smoker, maybe in these politically correct times, one of the final ones.

Denis Santachiara transplant CHEESE king

Denis Santachiara, is one of the most important designers, a magician, introducing in his proposals the poetry of technology.

CHEESE-King his proposal for glassfab., is a Parmesan cheese grater, perhaps a tribute to his home country, the Emilia Romagna (Italy) where the best Parmesan, is produced. It is a grater like a brush in the continuity of the hand, using the hardness of crystal to grate the cheese. The object, in solid crystal, is laid flat on on the table and reveals it's function when turned : the word CHEESE then appears.

Vogt + Weizenegger the taste Dyonisos' Stomach

Vogt + Weizenegger, duo of Berliner designers, approach design with a wide viewpoint : from brand artistic direction, such as the rebirth of die Blindenanstalt von Berlin with the Dim project, to exhibition design, industrial design, or their collaboration with the Gallery Schipper & Krome in Berlin : Dyonisos' Stomach is a collective object, an object which nutures the collectivity : a festive object : a glass goat skin for wine, allowing it to better oxygenate and thus reveal its flavors and tastes in their fullness. Guest come and drink the wine through a sort of straw/ballon glass.

Tobias Rehberger,
self, autobdelygmitisch (2002)
Bohemian crystal
H 122 L 300 W 122 mm
edition of 100

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