Venice: Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti – Glasstress, White Light/White Heat. White Light | White Heat exhibition, until November 24, is a development of Glasstress, originally conceived in 2009 by Adriano Berengo, to include London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London and The Wallace Collection working in collaboration with Berengo Glass Studio. New work has been especially conceived and produced for the exhibition, which is jointly curated, by Adriano Berengo and James Putnam, Senior Research Fellow at LCF.
Above: John Isaacs, Let the Golden Age Begin, 2013, glass, wood, steel, leather.
Adriano Berengo, President of Berengo Glass Studio and Venice Projects.
Glasstress, White Light / White Heat exhbition. Exploring the boundaries of fashion and fine art through the medium of glass and focusing on the relationship between the artist and designer, craft skills and curatorial practice, this important collaboration offers a unique opportunity to reinterpret the rich tradition of glass in Murano alongside The Wallace Collection, a world leading museum with an exquisite glass collection, and the cutting edge environment of London College of Fashion where traditional notions of fashion are challenged every day.
Above: Michael Joo, Dissembled (Version 2), 2013, low iron, glass, ceramic.
Joana Vasconcelos, Babylon, 2013, Murano glass, handmade woolen crochet, ornaments, polyester.
Glasstress, White Light / White Heat. – Ron Arad. Ron Arad's work for the exhibition also has a performative and interactive element. Entitled "Last Train", it is inspired, he says, by a late night train journey in which he witnessed a man using the large diamond ring on his hand to graffiti a train window. Arad has invited artists such as Anthony Gormley and David Shrigley to use a specially created iPad program to manipulate a bejeweled hand that scratches their drawings into a large piece of plate glass.
Recycle Group, Column, Series Future Archeology, 2013, Rubber, acrylic, glass.
Glasstress, White Light / White Heat. The invited artists are asked to respond to the theme of light and heat, the components of fire, the destructive/creative element linked to the formation of the universe and primal matter from chaos. The energy from the sun’s rays provides the light and heat essential to all life forms and survival on this planet. Light and heat are fundamental to glass making - light is integral to our perception of glass while heat is required to shape it.
Above: Quo-Qiang Cai, Full Body Scan, Next!, 2013, glass, mixed media, video projection.
Koen Vanmechelen, Under My Skin – C.C.P., 2013, Chicken skin and feathers, Venetian glass, metallic print on glass, stainless steel, gold leaves.
Glasstress, White Light / White Heat. Mona Hatoum, Kapanick, 2012, mild steel, glass.