Note from Kenn Holsten
Season’s greetings! It’s a winter wonderland in Santa Fe today with several inches of new snow overnight. As 2011 comes to an end, I am reminded that in 2012 we will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the studio glass movement. It was in 1962 that Professor Harvey K. Littleton and scientist Dominick Labino got together in Toledo and developed the first small scale glass furnace, thus beginning what for many of us has been a major passion in our lives.
For this issue of Holsten Galleries News I’ve chosen some new works by several of my favorite artists. I hope you enjoy it!
Quote of the Month
“Lino and the mechanics of his practice may be dissected ad nauseum but it will never be possible to understand how he conceives each piece in his head.”
- Susanne K. Frantz
Ostuni by Lino Tagliapietra
Once again the maestro has created a luminous work of such intricacy and subtle gradation of colors that we stand in awe. The beauty here is a subtle one and therefore all the more impressive.
Lotus by Martin Blank
This piece is a great example of the organic quality of Martin’s work. The idea is drawn from nature but there is a certain abstract quality that distinguishes it from other floral themes in glass art that are excellent renderings of the subject matter but do not necessarily say anything new about it. Blank’s work is always recognizable and is very much his own interpretation of nature.
Tiger Eye Orb by Nancy Callan
Here is another one of Nancy’s “Orb” series. The cane work is exquisite and the colors are subtle yet very dramatic. The Snowman image is a preview of a new series that Nancy will be blowing during her upcoming residency at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, December 21-23. Here is a link to the live video cam at the MOG so you can watch her at work (and all other artists in residence throughout the year to come).
Rose Ocularis by John Kiley
This sculpture by John Kiley is one of the most elegant and understated examples of his work that I have seen. The colors are so subtle and very harmonious. This piece is different from every angle so I am including two views.
2011 Studio Editions by Dale Chihuly
As this is the final month of the year, I decided to feature all four of Chihuly’s 2011 Studio Editions. Each of these four works captures in a smaller scale one of Dale’s signature series and each stands on its own as a very collectable example of his work.
Let me take this opportunity to thank each of you for your support and interest over the years and to wish you and your loved ones happy holidays and a wonderful new year!
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