Ethan Stern: Inscribing Surfaces opens at Chihuly Collection

13 Nov 2017, Posted by Sarah Aldrich in Uncategorized

NEW Temporary Exhibition to Open at the Chihuly Collection

Ethan Stern: Inscribing Surfaces


St. Petersburg, Fla. – The Chihuly Collection presented by the Morean Arts Center relocated to the eclectic Central Arts District last October. The reimagined space has been well received by local and tourists alike, and features a theatre space, showcasing films based on Dale Chihuly’s work, past installations and exhibitions around the world.


Inscribing Surfaces, opening October 28, is the newest temporary exhibition to be shown at the Central Avenue location. Ethan Stern, the featured artist, has been growing in notoriety steadily over the past decade, regularly showing and teaching around the globe. Like many artists working in glass, his sculptures are hand blown, but that’s only the beginning. Once cooled, Stern spends hours in his studio carefully carving patterns onto the surface of his glass pieces. This time-consuming process, known as cold working, requires careful precision.


Inspired heavily by the heritage of cut crystal, this body of work explores an array of patterns beveled into the surface whose angles refract light into and through the form. Stern describes his work, “Unlike the cut glass vessels of the past, these sculptures are not vessels designed to hold things but containers to hold light.” Stern’s mark making is a deliberate manipulation of light affecting his artwork.


The Chihuly Collection continuously showcases glass artists from around the country in rotating exhibitions. “We are thoughtful in choosing artists that are working in glass, but approach the medium in a different way, this offers visitors a chance to learn more about the versatility of the medium”, states Andy Schlauch, Chihuly Collection Executive Director. “We hope to also expand the offerings at the Morean Glass Studio & Hot Shop so that visitors can see how these different techniques are crafted.”


Entry to Ethan Stern: Inscribing Surfaces is included with general admission to the Chihuly Collection. The exhibition will be on view October 28, 2017 through January 31, 2018 in partnership with the Traver Gallery out of Seattle, Wash. Admission to the Chihuly Collection also includes access to live glassblowing demonstrations by local artists at the Morean Glass Studio & Hot Shop across the street at the Morean Arts Center.

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