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"Exquisite Pilgrim: Libby Pace and Gillian Durko Puryear"
2003-05-22 until 2003-08-16
Urban Glass, Robert Lehman Gallery
USA United States of America
Using the domestic environment as a starting point, Libby Pace and Gillian Puryear present Exquisite Pilgrim, an installation of spaces that draw gallery visitors to travel through a series of rooms that look back- and forward in time. In this collaboration Pace and Puryear continue their investigation of beauty both as an operation and a destination. They have collaborated on ideas and spaces — creating work that arises from a continuing conversation about beauty, material, and meaning.
Executive Director, Dawn Bennett comments: “The artworks of Pace and Puryear share a special affinity; while they are feminine they are not necessarily feminist. The artists continue to explore what it means to be a woman in a post-women’s revolutionary world.”
The installation - composed of glass (lampworked, blown, kilncast, engraved) found objects, and sound- and motion-activated elements - draws on both artists’ experience with glass and art work.
Pace received her B.F.A. in Sculpture from University of Memphis, attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and received her M.F.A in Glass from Rhode Island School of Design. Puryear received her B.F.A in Glass and Sculpture from California College of Arts and Crafts, and her M.F.A. in Glass from Newcomb College, Tulane University. Both Pace and Puryear live and work in Brooklyn, NY, making much of their work in the studio at UrbanGlass.
UrbanGlass is a not-for-profit international center for the creation and appreciation of new art made from glass. Programs include artist-access to furnaces and equipment, classes and workshops, on and off-site exhibitions, GLASS Quarterly, The Bead ProjectTM, UrbanGlass Abroad, The Store at UrbanGlass and The Bead Expo.
The Robert Lehman Gallery at UrbanGlass is open daily from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.