There are, broadly, two types of artists: those whose work surpasses the material of which it is made, and those whose work gets stuck in the process of making it. This is the basis for the art versus craft wars, which have been burning for nearly 90 years. Those on the arts side say the message is more than medium, those on the crafts side say that medium is message.
Nowhere is this difference more apparent than in the glass world. Glass is difficult to master, expensive to use and requires a certain geekiness of technique. At the Invisible Cities show in the ground-floor gallery of Bullseye through Sept. 25, there are examples of both schools, produced by four kinds of artists. It's a great show to see if you're interested in the seemingly unbridgeable divide between arts and crafts.
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