Why are we driven to accomplish things learn new skills and find our passion? I have been asking myself that for quite sometime. For me, it has been light. I can spend hours studying how light dapples through the leaves of trees, and find inspiration of sunlight coming through a New Mexico rainstorm, and lose myself in the cloud formations and rainbows of Seattle. How does light effect our daily lives? It is our most primal instinct to feel safe and warm. Light can help us feel like we belong and to fend off the monsters in the shadows. It can also attract us, like the moth, and give us guidance or inspiration or draw us into a good marketing ploy. Light for me is the expansion of space and thought and the setting of the tone of our human experience.
Upcoming news! May will be a busy month for Illuminata! A much-anticipated installation of custom glass lighting will be installed at the Four Seasons Hotel in Seattle. The new restaurant is opening as the newest project of phenom local chef, Ethan Stowell. Stay tuned for opening dates!
I will be heading out to Madison, WI to install a large commissioned art glass chandelier for the lobby of the impressive Ovation 309, a luxury loft condo building downtown. I have been working in close collaboration with their project managers and architects and general contractors to coordinate the fabrication of all the glass and metal for this focal artwork to be suspended at 26 feet high. Cannot wait to see this come together!
I am honored to be part of a panel presentation during the NYCxDESIGN week in coordination with ICFF in May. Toni Sykes, founder of CODAworx is hosting a panel called “Powered by Collaboration” with a focus on collaboration in design. The presentation is at the Cooper Union School Friday May 15, @ 11am. For more information, or to attend the event, contact me here
UNESCO – the United Nations Science Educational, & Cultural Organization declared 2015 to be the International Year of Light: A celebration of the study, the science and the art of light. “Light is the means by which human beings see themselves, each other, and their place in the Universe.” I wrote a guest blog for the IYL sharing my insights on light and the refractions in glass. I am honored to be a part of the celebration of light!
In December I finally realized a long-held dream of visiting the fabulous Art Basel Fair in Miami (!) Art Miami, Design Miami, and all of it’s glorious pavilions are the stages for a scene that was quite impressive and also overwhelming. I think the best part was how many people from all over the world were converging around one subject – ART! However, in that realm, it took me some time to find what venues hosted works that inspired me & were made with intention, & craftsmanship. I found these inspirations in the incredible design district of Miami, and the industrial district where objects are made and consciously designed for aesthetic purpose or artistic impact.
The age -old argument of craft vs art….(eye-roll) is still alive in world of fairs! The high-end art world that has snubbed photography & glass as a worthy medium still shows an overwhelming amount of bland, vapid, deconstructionist works that speak nothing of the soul or of its artistic meaning. The Dada/pop art of Marcel Duchamp & Company had meaning – to break away from the restrictions of old Victorian limitations. Today, booth after booth of used cigarette butts, gum chewed on post cards, and just a simple tractor tire are both banal and “ been done”.
However, crafted works that take time, effort, intentional, training and depict a message are somewhat rare at in the high art market.
Art should transport the soul, transform your feelings, and perhaps we could regard the process that someone has dedicated their waking hours to the practice of their artwork. Art can even be craft. (gasp!)
Shea Hembrey says it best in his Ted Talk, where he impersonated 100 artists and created his own Biennial art show to demonstrate how fabulous a show could be with art made with intention.