Organic Mechanix: Systems-Based Approaches to Glass


  • Ox-Bow 3435 Rupprecht Way Saugatuck, MI, 49453

GLASS 642 001, 2 weeks, 3 credit hours, Lab Fee $300

This course will use the stunning ecology and structures of organic matter surrounding Ox-Bow as inspiration for designing and implementing dynamic, four-dimensional art systems. Students will explore the possibilities of combining glass with a wide range of materials as well as time-based media to invent mechanisms of movement and growth. Studio demos will be project responsive and focus on direct ways to blow, cast, fabricate and engineer glass elements to contain, magnify, distort, energize or destroy the systems. Conversations will revolve around how to effectively use the unique sculptural properties of glass to amplify personal concepts and interests. No previous glass experience is required.

 

AH WA NI WAH | blown glass, tubing, metal chamber, bonsai preservation unit, decaying log, seawater, junk food, my garbage, a deadbird, an old shoe, a Jacobs ladder atom splitter, 2013

AH WA NI WAH | blown glass, tubing, metal chamber, bonsai preservation unit,
decaying log, seawater, junk food, my garbage, a deadbird, an old shoe, a Jacobs ladder atom splitter, 2013

Faculty

Ben Wright holds a BS in Evolutionary Biology from Dartmouth College, a BFA in Glass from the Appalachian Center for Crafts, and an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. His background in biology figures strongly in his artwork, which delves deeply into the every evolving relationship between humans and their environment. Through work ranging from interactive visual installations to sonic landscapes he engages all of his viewer’s senses and often bridges the gap between art and science. He has taught his unique approach to art making at numerous schools including Pilchuck Glass School, Penland School of Craft and the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and abroad in Germany, Turkey, Denmark and Japan and is currently the Director of Education at UrbanGlass in Brooklyn, New York.

 

July 16
Rewilding