Glasstress London

Glasstress London

Glasstress London: White Light/White Heat

November 27, 2013 – February 23, 2014

Organized by Berengo Studio 1989 | Venice Projects|London College of Fashion and the Wallace Collection

Curated by Adriano Berengo & James Putnam

The Wallace Collection | London College of Fashion

Work from Glasstress: White Light/White Heat, a collateral event at the 55th Biennale di Venezia – traveled to London College of Fashion and The Wallace Collection.

In a unique collaboration between Berengo Studio, Venice Projects, London College of Fashion and the Wallace Collection, presented the newly commissioned work of some of today’s most important contemporary artists, most of whom worked in glass for the first time.

The exhibition built on the success of two previous Glasstress shows (2009, 2011), but this exhibition marked the first time that the work traveled to the UK.  The Venice exhibition saw sixty-five artists responding to the theme of light and heat, the components of fire, the fundamental elements involved in the formation of the universe and also the essence of glassblowing.  Light is integral to our perception of glass, while heat is required to shape it.

Professor Frances Corner, Pro Vice Chancellor, LCF, stated “We wanted to create a collaboration with Berengo Studio and The Wallace Collection to help change perceptions about all of our disciplines – craftsmanship, glassmaking and fashion.  Fashion is such a transformative medium: we all use it to change the way we look and express ourselves.  The artists in our exhibition are transforming glass, ‘fashioning’ it into something that carries so much more meaning than the raw material.  There is an exciting alchemy at work here.”

The London show included: Alice Anderson, Boudicca, Polly Apfelbaum, Miroslaw Balka, Fiona Banner, Loris Cecchini, Mat Chivers, Tracey Emin, Paul Fryer, Hew Locke, Alastair Mackie, Jason Martin, Cornelia Parker, Meekyoung Shin, Xavier Perez, Cai Guo Qiang, Recycle Group, Koen Vanmechelen. Other artists involved reflect the influence of London College of Fashion such as Hussein Chalayan, Lucy Orta, Charlotte Hodes, Boudicca and Helen Storey.

A series of London events were planned, including a panel discussion and curator-led tours.  A major publication has been created to accompany Glasstress: White Light / White Heat.

Information

November 27, 2013 – February 23, 2014 

The Wallace Collection, Hertford House,

Manchester Square, London, W1U 3BN

Fashion Space Gallery, London College of Fashion,

20 John Princes Street W1G 0B

www.glasstress.org

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