STARTING FROM 30 March 2006
The Face – Lost and Found Again
Contemporary Studio Glass

We are all experts on faces equipped with an amazing ability to distinguish between a thousand unknown faces and recognize their different feelings. The face has always played a significant role in man’s social life. And in art?

With the first two exhibitions, the Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung focused on different countries, proving that glass has now become an art genre with a global character. The third exhibition with the explicit subject The face – Lost and Found Again, will present the manifold aspects and appearances of the human face, our privileged instrument of expression. The face defines us as individuals, with it we express our different feelings and we communicate with it. It is thus an interface that can be experienced between our inner life and the outside world. Since the very beginnings of art and as far as we know, art has made use of this type of projection. The face represents one of the most important elements in art to fathom the boundary between expression and psyche, surface and depth.

With the 35 glass sculptures shown in the exhibition, the visitor gains an insight into the character of the collection being currently built up, but is also given an overview of the central positions of contemporary work with glass. The exhibits underline that the language of glass and sculpture has its own laws in comparison with painting. The exhibited artists use the medium glass as a tool, as a means to an end and they prove that glass does not necessarily have to please the beholder – as it is usually expected from this material.

After the face was faded out in studio glass for a long period of time (and not only in this art genre), it returned with the heads of Erwin Eisch (Germany). In his series of portraits the painting on direct, plastic heads made of blown glass carries their very specific and symbolic statement. Mark Bokesch-Parsons (England/USA) is represented with one of his impressive heads, reflecting inside secrets and dreams. The morbid female sculptures created by Janusz Walentynowicz (USA/Denmark) show an own, different type of contemporary sculpture with their faces lost in reverie. Sibylle Peretti’s (Germany) portrayals of damaged youth touch one deeply. The faces shown like a comic strip on Scott Chaseling’s (Australia) technically innovative vessels depict metaphoric scenes of the daily life. Karen LaMonte (USA) fathoms strong emotions on reflections frozen in glass. Further artists are among others: A. Forkel, P. Martinuzzi, G. Ribka, C. Schmidt, E. Utriainen, A. Wolff (Germany), H. M. Adams, R. C. Palusky, C. Rainey (USA), J. Exnar, D. Zamechnikova (Czech Republic), D. Reekie, A. Kinnaird (GB), R. Meitner (Netherlands), M. Odahashi (Japan), B. Vallien (Sweden).

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