“AN ALTERNATIVE HISTORY: The Other Glass Curated” Exhibition

Heller Gallery

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Heller Gallery presents An Alternative History: The Other Glass, an exhibition curated by John Drury. In this exhibition glass is the medium and the subject, the theme and the inspiration. Drury explores unique artistic practices and works, which engage with glass at the edge of easy classification, placing academically trained and self-taught artists side-by-side. To thoroughly reveal the material’s diversity, Drury includes paintings of glass and paintings on glass, that which mimics glass and that, which is made possible by glass; glass that embraces whimsy or is the result of experimentation. An Alternative History: The Other Glass includes historical objects, ephemera of interest and contemporary works by Nancy Cohen, the Hansen Brothers (Eli Hansen & Oscar Tuazon), Lonnie Holley, Amy Lemaire, Shari Mendelson, Robbie Miller, Jerry Pethick, Walter Robinson, Buster Simpson, Megan Stelljes and Robin Winters.

Drury’s lifelong passion for work just outside of any movement or ‘ism’ and for autodidact artists shines through in An Alternative History: The Other Glass. In his curatorial statement Drury writes: ‘Each artist included in the show exhibits a certain ad hoc tendency to reach far beyond the merely decorative and reaches a place of unique reclamation. Theirs is not a random, undirected or haphazard action; these are the bricoleurs - adept at recycling, re-use and re-purposing. Their achievements are not acquired by luck, but by purposeful and self-directed action. The hand is rarely hidden in their work with both process and matter evident in a broad range of expression. All pieces included in the exhibition show concern for recycled material, reclaimed image and repurposed commercial product. Acutely aware of their time, the participating artists celebrate what it is to be human with a visual language that clearly reflects a concern for the salvaged engaging the viewer, questioning conventional beauty and altering physical space to affect outdated beliefs.’

John Drury is an artist, writer, curator and teacher. The father of two teenagers, living in New York City, John has received the prestigious Louis Comfort Tiffany Award (1997) for his own works of sculpture. He is a contributing editor of GLASS magazine and a member of the influential art duo CUD, which celebrated thirty years of collaboration in 2018.

Drury’s texts can also be found in the monograph Shooting the Sun/Splitting the Pie (2015), on the life work of multi-media artist Jerry Pethick (1935-2003) and in the upcoming release of glass artist Preston Singletary’s catalog (February 2019), accompanying his experiential exhibition Raven and the Box of Daylight (Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA through September 2019).

Heller Gallery plays a seminal role in promoting glass as a medium for contemporary sculpture and design. It has been a valuable resource for artists, museums, and collectors worldwide since 1973. The gallery represents a prestigious roster of international artists and designers, whose practice incorporates glass as a creative medium.

Numerous artworks have entered preeminent public collections as a direct result of Heller Gallery’s exhibitions and advocacy. New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art have acquired works from the gallery as has The Corning Museum of Glass, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and numerous museums worldwide, including Victoria & Albert Museum, Musee des Arts Decoratifs de Louvre, and Hokkaido Museum, among others.



from January 10, 2019 to February 23, 2019

Opening Reception on 2019-01-10 from 18:00 to 20:00

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