Conversations is an art ltd. Critic's Pick

Karlyn Sutherland, Harbour House, Lybster: Folding (Study 2), 2012
Dressed, polished and sand-blasted caithness stone, 8 x 7.125 x .5 inches

Richard Parrish and Karlyn Sutherland are both trained architects who also work in glass. Parrish is based out of Bozeman, Montana, Sutherland out of Edinburgh, Scotland. In "Conversations: An Architectural Response to Place," the two offer responses to a singular landscape: the extreme northeast coast of Scotland, home to the North Lands Creative Glass school in the village of Lybster. The landscape along the coast, whipped by the gales of the North Sea, is at once verdant and desolate, green hills dotted with homes made of gunmetal-hued fieldstone. Each summer, some of the world's preeminent glass artists travel to Lybster for workshops, exchanging technical innovations and conceptual inspiration. Parrish and Sutherland, both alums of North Lands' programs, dialogue about Lybster's singular sense of place in "Conversations...," with Parrish using kiln-formed glass to evoke the region's geological features and Sutherland taking a more structural approach. This duet between sensibilities should provide an intriguing study in contrasts as the two artists interpret the same subject from divergent perspectives. On view from October 31 -- December 22, 2012 at Bullseye Gallery.

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November 27, 2012