Glorious Glass by Josiah McElheny

I was taken by the imagery in the New York Times, of Brooklyn glass artist Josiah McElheny. Finding inspiration in Cosmology, and the infinite, Mr. McElheny’s beautiful “Island Universe” is part of a new exhibition of his work at the Institute for Contemporary Art in Boston. The installation is an expansive sculpture with protruding glass and chrome arms that is meant to illustrate the dynamism of the Big Bang theory. Highly reflective surfaces, courageous scale and sculptural form, create a dynamic and powerful display, somehow defying the fragility of the medium.

“Trained at both the Rhode Island School of Design and the glass foundries of Europe, McElheny’s highly conceptual projects are realized through exquisitely wrought execution. His work recalls the turn-of-the-century designs of Josef Hoffmann (1870-1956), whose Vienna Secession light fixtures ground functionality in lushly modernist forms. Hoffmann’s desire to hybridize art, industry, and the artisanal appealed to McElheny, whose sculptures stage that perpetual tension between aesthetic innovation and good design that has beset the avant-garde.”

McElheny’s work will be on display at the ICA starting June 22nd until October 14th.

Image sourced at NY Times.  Excerpts sourced at the Institute for Contemporary Art in Boston.

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Revolution Glassware Collection

Stunning in their simplicity, the Revolution collection by Felicia-Ferrone is an instant classic. The Revolution Wine/Water and Liqueur Glasses were inducted into the permanent collection of The Art Institute of Chicago’s Architecture and Design Collection. The Recolution Collection is handcrafted in the Czech Republic by master glassblowers, and formed from a pure extrusion of hand-blown borosilicate glass. This material provides a high degree of thermal resistance for a range of hot and cold applications, and is oven microwave, freezer, and dishwasher safe. When in use, the contents of these pieces appear to float, seeming to defy gravity and visually suspend their contents. The purity of form presents a feast for the eyes for your dining table. Ok, so now the pressure’s on to cook a dish to compete with the visual power of this collection. What culinary creation do you have in mind?

I love the multi-diciplinary approach to the work of Felicia-Ferrone. From Architecture, Exhibits and right down to this elegant packaging, every detail is thoughtful, and a carefully executed example of modern design.

All images found at http://www.fferronedesign.com/revolution_collection

 

 

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