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"Art in the Party: David Levi, Boyd Sugiki, Janusz Pozniak, James Mongrain, Pamina Traylor and Bandhu Dunham"
2005-10-14 until 2005-11-17
Galerie Vee
Hong Kong, , HK Hong Kong

Vibrant studio glass artworks by top contemporary American artists take the form of dramatic goblets, enticing delicate decanters, sensual water jugs, funky martini shakers, majestic vessels and seductive candle holders. Artists James Mongrain, Boyd Sugiki, David Levi, Janusz Pozniak, Bandhu Dunham and Pamina Traylor each with their distinctive styles, are all highly respected and widely published glass artists.

Davidís Levi's glass studio produces hand-blown, decorative, tabletop glassware, in bright, luminous colors, with classic modern silhouettes, and a friendly, playful feel.

"Inspired by the Venetian tradition of goblet making, I strive for a level of precision that unites traditional elegance with contemporary flair. These elements also manifest in my newest creations, sculptural chandeliers. Itís also my intention to continue to produce these pieces that are incorporate modern elements of form and craftsmanship," comments James Mongrain on his work.

As an Asian American taking part in this exhibition, Boyd Sugiki's studio work provides a meeting of cultures. Balance, symmetry and harmony are vital elements echoing Asian roots, whilst western cultural elements prevail in the functionality of his pieces. His work signifies the harmonious meeting of two cultures, executed in finely honed skills.

Born and educated in England, Janusz Pozniak relocated to the United States nearly seventeen years ago. Over the years he has worked professionally in association with numerous renowned glass artists including Dante Marioni, Benjamin Moore, Dale Chihuly, Lino Tagliapietra, Sonja Blomdahl, and Dick Marquis.

Pamina Traylor produces both one-of-a-kind, mixed-media sculpture and blown glass. Her blown glass pieces are interceded to be enjoyable, functional, and pleasing to the eye. These rolling decanters- originally designed to hold tequila, with the lid as the shot glass- were produced in bright colors to convey a sense of festivity. The line has since expanded to include a black and white decanter set with glasses whose simple elegance is more suitable for wine or other potables.

Bandhu Dunham states about his work, " Whimsy and elegance are the yin and yang of my functional work; the goblets display a childlike delight, or playful combinations of forms. I express my experience of the natural world by incorporating odd juxtapositions and bending forms to follow my own quirky sensibility. I find glass the perfect medium for this kind of work: its fluidity, malleability and paradoxical nature bring out the mysterious parts of myself that I seek to explore and express through art."

Janusz Pozniak
approx. 14"h

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