Studio Glass: Method in the Madness
Industry+ x Spektacularis presents Studio Glass: Method in the Madness during Singapore Art Week 2017. A collaboration between renowned Filipino designers and talented Czech glass artists. In line with Industry+’s endeavors to discover the Asian approach to art and design, this stunning collection pushes the boundaries of traditional craft techniques. Filipino designers Gabriel Lichauco, Lilianna Manahan, and Stanley Ruiz immersed themselves in the life and work of the glassmaking regions Novy Bor and Lindava, working closely with Czech glass artist Jiri Pacinek, stained glass specialist Josef Hlavenka, and lighting specialist Filip Houdek to produce a series each.
The coming together of Filipino design and Czech craftsmanship unveiled an unconventional approach to glassmaking. Fresh perspectives on traditional techniques led to works such as ‘Growth’ series by Stanley Ruiz and ‘Lindava’ by Gabriel Lichauco. Experimenting with the blowpipe and exploring how one approach could yield multiple results, Ruiz discovered that working in a way counter-intuitive to creating glass vessels could lead to unique forms that were still relative to each other as a family of objects. Lichauco’s curiosity about a glassmaker’s routine and common glassmaking tools such as the crack-off bins where discarded molten glass gradually fuses into random forms led to his creation of ‘Lindava’.
Cross-cultural exchange and interpretation of ideas also led to poetic and intricate works such as Lilianna Manahan’s series of bubble animals. Capturing different textures within the same piece, Manahan’s pieces possess a fine balance between strength and delicacy, colour and clarity. This dynamism is similar to the rapid cooling and setting of glass, teasing the artist to catch its rhythm. To Manahan, this collaboration was not only with the glass artists but also the glass itself as “ you can only go so far until the material will tell you to stop working”.
In collaboration with Spektacularis.
13 - 26 January 2017
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