Klaus Moje, Where is the Light 3, 2010
kilnformed glass, 60 x 60 x 1.25 inches (installed)
Photo: R. Little
Portland, OR – Klaus Moje exhibits bold pattern and saturated color in Constructed, a solo exhibition on view from December 1, 2010 - January 22, 2011. Following last year's retrospective at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, Moje brings his deep understanding of color and composition to human-scale kilnformed wall panels. Influenced by the Bauhaus, Moje's oeuvre is an exploration of color and form recalling geometric abstraction and op art, but it adheres to neither. Moje opts for a combination of simple, contemplative form and visceral visual experience.
Few artists have had such a broad and clear impact on the development of a medium as Klaus Moje on kilnformed glass. In 1983, Klaus Moje founded what would become Australia’s premier center for talent in glass art: the Glass Workshop at the Canberra School of Art, Australian National University. Over the last 27 years, Canberra has earned accolades for the success of its graduates and their high standing among collectors of contemporary studio glass.
Moje’s impact, however, has extended beyond generations of students to influence the actual materials of his practice. Inspired by Moje's groundbreaking methods, the founders of Bullseye Glass Company developed testing methods and formulas that could withstand the stresses of the artist's new kilnforming techniques. This, in turn, led to a three-decade friendship and collaboration between Moje and Bullseye that culminated in 2007 with the creation of the monumental and medium-defying Portland Panels: Choreographed Geometry, which was the centerpiece of his retrospectives at the Portland Art Museum in 2008 and the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, in 2009.
Download: Klaus Moje Constructed 2010