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“21st Century Glass” opens at Salisbury University

Exhibit Showcases Conceptual Approach to the Material of Glass

21st Century Glass looks at the future of the medium as artists move away from technique-driven work into a more modern approach to the material.

Maryland’s Salisbury University Galleries will present an exhibition of glass artworks by a diverse roster of noteworthy artists, reflecting the expanded nature of contemporary sculptural glass art. Glass, as a medium, is undergoing a sea change. What started as a bohemian enterprise in the garage of the Toledo museum of art in 1962 turned into a cultural force by the early 1990’s. Artists like Dale Chihuly and the strong influence of Venetian glassworking techniques set the tone for the Studio Glass Movement for more than three decades. The early spirit of experimentation and a devil-may-care attitude toward process gave way to an emphasis on bright colors, skillful execution, and mastery of increasingly complicated techniques. However it is evident that momentum for a new paradigm is building… LINK: Read full press release here.

Davin Ebanks was honoured to be one of the artists invited to participate in this groundbreaking show. Two of his new self-portrait series were included. Ebanks had this to say:

I think this is a fairly unique show in the context of “glass art”. I mean, it is only now that the use of the material and breadth of artistic endeavor has been rich enough to support such an invitational exhibit. Most juried shows are a combination of exquisite technical pieces, conceptual work and mere spectacle. But the quality of the work now is such that a curator like Durow can hand pick a group of artists and install a show that really displays the richness of artistic glass practice at this moment in time.

Exhibit runs to Feb 19th, 2015 at Salisbury University Art Galleries.

21st Century Glass Artists List 21st Century Glass Installation View #1 21st Century Glass Installation View #2Portrait of the Artist: 17.05.13 Pterois volitans [Blown, Sand-blasted, Mirrored, & Hot sculpted Glass, Aluminium, Wood, 18" x 20" x 10", 2013]