Friday, February 24, 2012

Distant Visions V.2.0 @ Duncan McClellan Glass

DMG front room
Some AT  readers may be experiencing a little deja vu after reading the title. Yes, it is the same show  as this one [Link], with a few exceptions, and those are what this blog post is about. The rest can be gleaned from the earlier review. DMG's space is a singular one, with a post-industrial (literally and figuratively) cavernous look that invites the viewer to let his curiosity off-leash and wander at leisure among the art works. I have referred to it in conversation as a kind of theme park for the arts.

Duncan McClellan, carved wine glasses

 Two rows of carved wine glasses by Duncan Mc Clellan. These beautiful pieces are the most economical way to own one of his works, and as a set, a great way to integrate art into one's life.

Martin Rosol, "Monos"

This work, done in optical glass by Martin Rosol, has carefully modulated color and matte finishes. It has a sense of unity from slightly disparate elements. The eternal play between the dual and the singular is also reflected in the title. It seems to glow from within.

Holly Grace,

Holly Grace has been reviewed here before at DMG. Her work has an unusual blend of the narrative and a strong holistic gestalt. Viewing them, I vacillate between those two poles. They also work as exquisite abstract forms. The vertical piece is about 8-10" tall. They are made of sculpted glass.

Work by M. Schiavon

Massimiliano Schiavon's untitled work on the left is made of blown glass, filigrana cane which have been diamond carved. I've reviewed Schiavon's work here before, but couldn't resist this one. His work has a great blend of tight control of materials and wild expression. There's some tribal aspects to it as well.

Josh Simpson, "Megaplanet"

Josh Simpson's "Megaplanet" series stopped gallery goers in their tracks. They look like a glass globe containing a dreamily-colored coral reef. Each is a microverse unto itself, and a metaphor for the Earth itself. Viewer after viewer stood mute/spellbound, their attention riveted hypnotically by these works as if looking into an organic crystal ball reminding them of the beauty and importance of the world we live in. These are simply stunning.

Duncan McClellan, "Life"

This piece is about 2.5' tall. Titled life, it brings the Tree of Life to mind, an arboreal female figure with branches for limbs, basking in the (male) figure f the sun. Many of McClellan's works are rich in symbolic imagery.

Congratulations to all the artists, Duncan McClellan and the crew for a good show.

--- Luis

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