May 2011 at Vetri Glass - Seattle
Exhibition Dates: May 1st-29th, 2011
Artist Reception: First Thursday, May 5th, 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Vetri Glass – Seattle is pleased to present Soft Geometry, a solo exhibition featuring new blown glass sculptures by Seattle artist Courtney Branam.The lusciously hued, sensuously shaped cubes and pyramids presented in the exhibition are composed of soft, rounded edges, punctuated by unexpected spikes and ridges that suggest the forms for which they are named.
In Soft Geometry, Branam consciously contrasts the varied and sometimes contradictory qualities of glass: opaque meets transparent and straight lines meet soft curves, resulting in intriguing, expressive forms. Layer upon layer of decorative cane accentuates the artist’s unique shapes, creating patterns within patterns in the work, much like a multilayered arithmetical equation.
This new series was born out of the Branam’s love of a challenge, his “desire to make a form, without use of a mold, that does not lend itself easily to the nature of glass blowing.” The artist’s sculptures demonstrate a deep reverence for the history and tradition of glassblowing, as well as his early ongoing interest in mathematics, particularly geometry, and technical design and drafting principals.
Early in his artistic career Branam clung to the use of a ruler, and employed straight lines and hard edges in all his sculptures and drawings. Working with glass relaxed the need for impeccably straight lines, as the nature of hot glass is fluid and soft – perfect for creating rounded forms. As he learned to embrace the fluidity of hot glass he was able to break new ground in his sculptural work resulting in a playful yet calculated suite of geometric forms.
Courtney Branam received a BA in Design Communications and Glass from Texas Tech. University in Lubbock, TX and has since traveled across the United States and Australia working with glass. He continues his artistic education having studied at Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, WA, Pratt Fine Arts Center in Seattle, WA, the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY and Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Currently he is an occasional member of the Hot Shop Team at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA.
Contact: Susan Marabito / Director
1404 First Avenue, Seattle WA, 98101
Phone: 206.667.9608 Facsimile: 206.621.9447
1821 E Dock St #101, Tacoma WA, 98402
Phone: 253.383.3692 Facsimile: 253.383.3687
Image details: Soft Cube 12”h x 12”w x 12”d, blown glass ,zanfirico cane technique
photo credit: Roger Schreiber