Thursday, February 25, 2016

GLASS: The UrbanGlass Art Quarterly issue #142

The Spring 2016 edition of GLASS: The UrbanGlass Art Quarterly (#142) is hitting newsstands and subscriber mailboxes at a moment when virtual reality is poised to go mainstream. All of the buzz about this revolutionary new digital technology inspired us to remind the world of the rich terrain already mined by visual artists, who've used installations, architecture, and sculpture that create new realities through repeat reflectivity, partially mirrored glass surfaces, and cultivated perceptual shifts that play with optics to alter our relationship to the world around us, and force us to reconsider our place in it.

Also in the new edition:

  • Greek artist Costas Varotsos uses glass on a monumental scale to transform the environment. GLASS correspondent Randy B. Hecht travels to the Greek island of Aegina, where the artist lives and works, to pen a rich portrait of this ambitious visionary.
  • GLASS correspondent Lise Kjaer takes stock of the ambitions and ultimate demise of Vitraria Glass +A, a contemporary art museum with a focus on glass as both metaphor and a material. 
  • Finally, our newest contributing editor John Drury sits down with Australian native Clare Belfrage, who shares the nuances of how her country and its unique ecosystems provide inspiration for her richly adorned abstracted vessels with swirling and intricate line patterns.
  • All this plus six exhibition reviews, the latest news from the glass world, and a back-page essay on the Art Basel Miami Beach circus.

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