Los Angeles, CA - Bullseye Projects and Judson Studios present a collaborative exhibition featuring artists at the forefront of painting and printmaking with kiln-glass. This pop-up is the inaugural exhibition at the new Judson Studios showroom and exhibition space featuring innovative works in glass.
Bullseye Projects at Judson Studios showcases work by an international group of artists who are exploring the use of kiln-glass in painting, printmaking, and sculpture. A former resident artist at Judson Studios, Matthew Day Perez (Brooklyn, New York) utilizes the transparency and mutability of glass indeep relief wall panels, with fractured textures emphasized through a mirroring process. Alternatively, Judy Tuwaletstiwa (Santa Fe, New Mexico) and Kathryn Wightman (Wanganui, New Zealand) are drawn to the lesser-known properties of glass. Using finely ground glass powders, both Tuwaletstiwa and Wightman create delicately-colored matte surfaces. Tuwaletstiwa uses mounds of glass, lightly tack-fused into wafers, as both paint and brushstroke for her large-scale compositions. Wightman similarly uses lightly tack-fused powder, but does so to create the intricate patterning and dense pile of the vintage rugs from her childhood. Jeffrey Sarmiento (Sunderland, UK) explores ethnography and the accumulation of knowledge through multi-layered panels and sculptures. Imagery, culled from encyclopedia volumes, are embedded in thick translucent blocks, enabling us to see the entirety of a book at one time. Michael Endo and Jeff Wallin, both based in Portland, Oregon, use a combination of sheet glass, powdered glass, and vitreous enamel to create layered paintings. By manipulating glass powder like paint, Endo and Wallin create rich imagery that has both implied and physical depth. Endo's landscapes depict boundary spaces and the forests of the west coast. Wallin's figure studies are painted, cut, and reassembled to form vibrant abstractions.
For over a century, Judson Studios has designed and fabricated traditional and contemporary stained, leaded, faceted, and fused glass for architectural spaces in Los Angeles and around the world. The Judson Studios Glass Artist Residency Program is for established artists who also educate and are looking to pursue larger-scale works. By means of invitation, the artist is asked to explore the capabilities of the studio while engaging in critical dialogue with Judson artisans, providing technical demos and instruction. The program runs one to two weeks and results in completion of an original artwork for the artist as well as a piece for Judson Studios.