Glass National 2018
October 27, 2018 - January 13, 2019
Glass National 2018
Vulcan Gallery, W-16
On View October 27, 2018 – January 13, 2019
The Workhouse Arts Center is proud to announce its 3rd Annual Glass National exhibition. Glass National is a juried exhibition which promotes and displays the breadth of contemporary glass artwork being created throughout the USA and Canada by highlighting both functional and sculptural works. This year’s juror is artist and educator Carmen Lozar, director of the Merwin and Wakeley Galleries at Illinois Wesleyan University.
It was a pleasure to deliberate over such a wide breadth of applicants for the 2018 Workhouse Glass National. Much of the art submitted was laden with personal voice and/or active concern, which seemed only fitting for an exhibit housed in a former work/reform penitentiary. The works in this exhibit are a pleasure to behold, beauty stemming from both thoughtful dialogue and from the technical achievements found in craftsmanship.
Much of the glass work in this exhibit represents a clarity of vision in a muddled and confused era. These artists are using a visual voice, attempting to reach the viewer, and make thoughtful statements about who we are in a conflicted period. I applaud the bravery found in these works as well as the technical prowess I found in so many others.
The works I ultimately chose for this exhibit were about the movement of life and pairing that idea to the movement that exists in the glass material. Each of the exhibited works uses glass and its changeability to achieve a visual and sometimes tactile goal. Whether capturing beauty or concept these works are successful. In a time where isolation and division are prevalent, these artists are speaking honestly, seeking connections, and reminding us of our own resiliency.
Carmen Lozar is an artist and educator who lives in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois. Lozar directs the Merwin and Wakeley Galleries at Illinois Wesleyan University and is a member of the art faculty. She has taught at institutions around the world including Pilchuck Glass School, Penland School of Craft, Pittsburgh Glass School, Appalachian Center for Crafts, The Chrysler Museum, and the Glass Furnace in Istanbul, Turkey. She has had residencies at the Corning Museum of Glass and Penland School of Craft. Her work is included in many collections including the Bergstrom Mahler Museum, WI and the Museum of Art and Design, NY. Carmen Lozar was the 2008 keynote speaker and demonstrator at the International Flameworking Conference in Salem, NJ. In fall of 2016, Carmen was invited to New Zealand to present at the New Zealand Society of Artists in Glass conference. In May of 2018 Carmen will travel to Murano, Italy to present at the Glass Art Society conference. Lozar exhibits her work widely throughout the United States and is represented by major galleries in Seattle and Chicago.
Carmen’s sculptural work embraces the richness of life through visual story telling. Using the technique of flameworking, she manipulates glass into figurative scenarios that illustrate and embellish the everyday.
“My pieces follow the landscape of daily life and seek to transform the mundane into the fantastic. Each piece is an expansion on a reality, a tall tale of what might have started as an everyday interaction. I embrace the absurd and extraordinary provoking the imagination into wakefulness.”
Featured Image, Lawn Chair, by Casey Schachner.