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Glass Art: Mastering Materials

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Colored or clear, textured or shattered, there is something intangible about glass art and the many forms it can take. Artists have long used the material to create small detailed designs in jewelry or windows, and in modern years it has become a medium and a backdrop for grand-scale sculptures and perplexing installations. The team at Vivince has seen glass manipulated, mirrored and molded-in countless ways and we have collected some of our favorites pieces that have left us inspired. Whether they are glass-like icy sculptures like the ones seen in our Snow Bird styled shoot, intentionally crafted sculptures, or even a simple array of mirrors and lenses that require light to be understood, we are excited to share those favorites with you:

 

Chihuly Garden and Glass Art

 

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Brightly colored and uniquely branded, Dale Chihuly’s all-glass artwork has become a patented piece for homes and gardens everywhere. The reaching shapes that swirl upwards and the rich colors that make them stand out in their organic home of greenery and pale sky have made the Chihuly pieces a garden staple, and have inspired other artists to take a similar approach. But nothing is quite like taking a visit to Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle, Washington to walk through the garden gallery and glass house for yourself.

 

MoMa’s “Take Your Time”

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When looking at glass as a medium of expression, mirrors can often be overlooked. An everyday object can possess a profound meaning and potential by creating a reflective space (literally and figuratively) and manifesting an environment without being guided or prescribed. Take, for example, the “Take Your Time” exhibit as seen at the MoMa in the gallery linked above. Artist Olafur Eliasson “has experimented with installations based on mechanisms of motion, projection, shadow, and reflection, creating complex optical phenomena using simple, makeshift technical devices.”

In one of Eliasson’s crowning pieces, a giant rotating circular mirror which spans 40 feet in diameter and weighs 1,000 pounds, is mounted to the ceiling at an angle, gently turning at one revolution per minute. This minute movement and seemingly simple piece was enough, however, to transform the room, as guests perception of space was altered as they laid beneath it. Strangers would sit together and gawk at the ceiling, and friends would sprawl out or lay down on the art gallery floor to take in this transformative piece. 

MINAMO

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As with many of the glass pieces we love, the beauty isn’t necessarily in the material, but the shadows and light it casts. For example, the MINAMO, created by Torafu Architects for Tokyo Design Werk, allows you to feel the elusive beauty of being underwater while still standing above ground. The “water” keeps moving in an ever-changing form as guests step in and out of the flexible light receiving reflector, seeing the effect of their interaction shimmering on the walls, ceiling, and floor around them.

Arcades by Troika 

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It is amazing what the clever combination of light and glass can curate, and this work in London Design studio Troika shows just how impactful it can be. 14 steep columns of light beam upwards in powerful bars, refracting in angles that create the illusion of curving light. The streams of light are positioned to bend as gothic arches above to create an “illusory passageway” within the studio – a sense of physical space and form where neither exist.

Milan Design Week

Milan Design Week 2019 Favorite Four

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One of our favorite weeks of the year, Milan Design Week, did not disappoint. Cited as the creative world’s most hectic and vibrant moments of the year, hundreds flock from all over the world to the historic Italian city to be the first to see the ground-breaking artistry displayed amongst the courtyards and historical buildings. Between the latest product releases brought by the world’s top brands (think SONY, etc.) to the interactive art exhibits planned and buzzing branded after parties, event professionals and artists alike were met with the new wave of innovation. 

From new creativity brought to the table by familiar brands such as SONY, to Diakin to the dawning of new social change initiatives, the Vivince team brings you our favorite picks and expert insights from Milan Design Week 2019.

The Accursed Hour by Carlos Amorales

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Set in fondazione adolfo pini in Milan, a swarm of 15,000 butterflies invaded the estate as part of Carlos Amorales’ exhibition, the accursed hour. The all-encompassing exhibit consisted of thousands of black paper creatures, as well as haunting silhouettes and a slow but steady shift between images and signs. Derived from Amorales’ life-size installations black cloud and life in the folds, this year’s piece carried the same somber theme and was made possible by additions from other artists, such as Gabi Scardi. Read more about it on designboom here.

 

Affinity in Autonomy by SONY

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The familiar namesake took an unexpected turn when SONY curated an evolving sensory experience that required guests to step inside and play along. Five distinct spaces moved through a spectrum of constantly changing colors and sounds and invited attendees to share in the scene that was unfolding in front of them. The aim of this exhibition was to explore how technology can not only enrich our lives, but how it can also create an emotional connection with humans. Read more on this project here.

 

Adjacent Field by Linda Tegg

Milan Design WeekLiving, growing, and constantly evolving, adjacent field by Linda Tegg was the inaugural piece of the new series, Jil Sander + Collections. Focused on increasing the wellbeing of others, the initiative creates durable products for men and women living outside city limits. The concept was unveiled through Tegg’s urban garden, which was brimming with mosses and succulents, blackberries, blue pimpernels, common chickweeds, geraniums, high mallows, ivy, and more, all sourced from the fields in and around Milan.

 

Breeze of Light by Nendo

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Another familiar household product company elevated their vision to the abstract through this crisp and airy exhibition. Nendo united with Daikin to create “Breeze of Light,” based on the concept of invisible air. As visitors wound their way through a field of 17,000 “flowers,” the team hoped that they would enjoy an out-of-body spatial experience and ‘experience insight what we can only feel in real life.’

 

Preciosa

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Preciosa, a Czech luxury lighting firm, created an interactive installation that reacted to the “effortless act” of breathing. Comprised of 1,000 crystal bubbles, the room-sized ‘Breath of Light’ installation married mysterious artistry with innovative technology by inserting four sensors at various ends of the installation and encouraging visitors to breathe in in order to activate the lighting. 

From the familiar faces to the rising reputations of new initiatives, Milan Design Week 2019 did not disappoint. 

Best of Light

Best of Light: Artists and Festivals Who Capture and Bend Lighting

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At Vivince, we are dedicated to seeking out industry innovators, out-of-box artists, and designers all across the globe. Our search has led us to find some of the most brilliant minds who manipulate and mold fascinating textures and textiles, so we wanted to explore the most innovative and eccentric throughout each medium. Take a look below to see our favorite pieces and interpretations of lighting!

Our first artist spotlight led us to Choe U-Ram, who is known for combining beauty and technology in a profound and compelling way. Whether it is through manipulating robotics or morphing glass into something nearly unrecognizable, Choe bends the limits of what we know about structure to generate a new concept of lighting. See his work here in Una Lumino, a kinetic sculpture comprised of metallic buds made of acrylic and stainless steel. Not only is the computerized structure alluring and bright, it also bears an enchanting tale that delves into the sculptures origins “brand new species of mechanized sentient creatures.” What’s more, Una Lumino is a creation straight out a science-fiction novel.

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DGT Architects captivated us with Tsuyoshi Tane’s Ligh’s Time art installation which featured over 80,000 suspended main plates. The plates capture time both physically and metaphorically – as they are what composes a literal watch and reflect light in a time-stopping glimmer. The Parisian designers debuted the exhibit at the Triennale di Milano exhibition hall where it stood complimentary to a display of 1920’s pocket watches which carried on the theme of time.

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Artist James Turrell, an American artist and proud Quaker has made it his mission to nurture “the light within” by giving internal light a concrete reality. “My work is very literal and in that sense very American, It’s not about light — it is light,” he explains. “I think most of us recognise that light filling a void can be a very powerful experience — a reminder that segregating the literal and what we call the ‘spiritual’ can sometimes be a meaningless distinction.”
Here we see part of his exhibition, A Retrospective.

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Lastly, we would like to introduce you to Vivid Sydney, a multi-day festival in Sydney, Australia that invites in electric art and compelling approaches to sound. The urban festival specifically showcases innovators who use light as their primary medium. Hundreds of artists light up the Sydney night sky with neon shades of color in installments big and small. Here is one of our favorite pieces from last year’s Vivid Sydney Festival!

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