It is gratifying to see progress in the preservation of some very rare and delicate examples of our collective stained glass heritage. Vulnerable windows in Walcha have been protected from the elements as the first stage of their rehabilitation following advice provided in a Condition Report.
The Cave Collection: The Book
The original version of the book is a single, hand written and illustrated manuscript in a leather bound volume of hand-made paper. This took close to six months to complete with hand drawn maps and all details including GPS co-ordinates for all the sites. This manuscript is to go into the care of my daughter.
The Cave Project
I continue to work on a project which falls into the 'Art for art's sake' category. I am making a series of glass objects which I am placing in caves around the country. It is inspired by Plato's Cave and Saramago's book "The Cave", Chinese mythology regarding sacred caves, Schrodinger's Cat and various other diverse ideas. This is both a celebration of the bush and the art it inspires and a commentary on art itself. I shall expand on this in an essay to accompany the project.
I have been working with glass now for 35 years and it has taken a physical toll. Despite just starting to get the hang of it and feeling moderately comfortable using the descriptor of 'craftsman', my hands are wearing out, my back is sore and breathing in glass dust is doing me no good, so for those and a variety of other reasons I have reluctantly decided to close my studio. This has now happened.
Re: Online exhibition
The Contemporary Glass Society in the UK has once again organised an online exhibition of 20 selected Australian glass artists and I am again represented. Given the demise of so many galleries in the real world, this is the future:
My old friend from University, Robert Forbes is the primary force behind a progressive rock band called Tramtracks. Inspired by the legendary group YES, they have released a series of compilations, mostly on CD. I have done the cover artwork for the last three and now they have launched a re-vamped website with all their music and lots of images derived from my art glass. Have a look here.
Volcano Art Prize 2013
The second Volcano Art Prize has been announced by the LEAD Group which I have supported as member of the Technical Advisory Board. I am once again a finalist. Having won the People's Choice last year my work will feature on the cover. My work "Liminal Eruption" made me Mr January. Have a look at: Volcano Art Prize. I have since become a finalist in the Third Volcano Art Prize.
In the fullness of time
It just goes to show that if you wait long enough, someone will say something nice. This has to be the best review of my work that I could wish for: The best public art in Sydney you may have missed.
National Glass Collection
The National Art Glass Collection at the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery has accepted two pieces of my work, to be added to the permanent collection. I am honoured and pleased to have some of my glass join that of many of my colleagues, in such a prestigious collection.
Back in the fold
A piece of my kiln-formed glass, most recently exhibited at KIRRA Galleries in Melbourne, has been featured in the Medical Art section of the December issue of the Medical Journal of Australia. It is a finalist in the Christmas Art Competition. The work is titled Yipwon
Genesis in Chicago
EB Smith, founder and patron of the Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows on Chicago's Navy Pier, has commissioned a panel of fused glass for the collection. It is the first piece from an Australian glass artist to join the contemporary collection. I am most honoured to have been asked to make a piece to hang alongside those of my mentors, such as Poensgen, Shaffrath, Shreiter, Klos, Buschulte and the other post war modernist pioneers of contemporary stained glass with whom I studied in the 1980s. The piece specifically requested is an interpretation of my Genesis: The First Dreaming design. It was exhibited at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry under the title: "Genesis: The First Discovery".
The Chapel of St Francis at Garangula
Ten years ago I completed all the windows for a Chapel in rural NSW. It has finally been blessed. In conjunction with World Youth Day, H.E. Cormac Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor, Archbishop of Westminster officiated. During the service he made an interesting observation regarding my windows, of which I had not been cognizant. He said there is only one other Chapel in which the whole Christian story is told, from Creation through the Old Testament to the story of Christ and the final Judgment and that is the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican. That's as close to Michelangelo as I am likely to get.
I came across a two page glossy advertisement for a plasma television which claimed that if you bought one you would never need 'another' work of art. This really made me angry, but if it is only art when it's on television I figured I might as well go with the trend. This is my offering.
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