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"Boyd Sugiki: Elements"
2005-12-10 until 2006-01-08
William Traver Gallery - Tacoma
Tacoma, WA, USA United States of America

William Traver is pleased to present Seattle artist Boyd Sugiki’s first solo exhibition with the gallery. Elements features a selection of architecturally inspired vessels, each made up of three separate blown glass elements with subtly differing hues. The sleek, modern contour created by the layering of form and color in these sculptural bottle compositions is reminiscent of a city skyline.

Sugiki recently traveled to Turkey for the first time, and was moved by the minaret towers he saw rising high above the mosques. The minarets are often described as “gates between heaven and earth” and “beacons of light.” These descriptive phrases ignited Sugiki’s imagination and the shapes of the towers inspired much of he work included in the exhibition.

“Elements is made up of many different parts that fit together to make a whole,” says Sugiki. “Each whole interacts with its neighbor to create something even larger. Balance, symmetry, and proportion are crucial to the configurations. The soft, subtle colors are intended to balance the forms and add to the harmony of the composition.”

Boyd Sugiki began working with glass at Punahou High School in Honolulu in 1986. He received a BFA in glass from California College of Arts and Crafts in 1991 and an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1996. Recognized internationally an exceptionally skilled glass blower, Sugiki has taught at Pilchuck Glass School, Penland School of Crafts (NC), Haystack Mountain School of Crafts (ME), and the Glass Furnace in Istanbul, Turkey. Sugiki has received numerous awards and honors, and has exhibited his work nationally and internationally. He currently lives in Seattle, WA.


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