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Shattered: Defying Expectations in Glass Free Staff Pick

When: June 5-July 30 2015
Price: Free
Glass art can sometimes seem precious or redundant, focused on mastering a difficult technique rather than exploring an innovative concept. The current group show of glass art at Chandra Cerrito Gallery (480 23rd St., Oakland), Shattered, manages to be both technically and conceptually impressive. The show, which is in celebration of the annual Glass Art Society Conference held this year in San Jose, features glass artists from Northern California and beyond whose work transcends decorative vessels to play in the realm of contemporary fine art sculpture and installation. Cathy Cunningham-Little, for example, uses dichroic glass, which transmits one color of light and reflects its complementary color. By mounting large shards of this glass and an assortment of colored lights on the wall, Cunningham-Little creates dazzling light paintings with overlapping veils of color. Lynne-Rachel Altman’s work uses the fragility of the medium to speak to notions of separation anxiety and loss. Sintered glass pockets mounted on the wall in a vertical row drip ink into each other, ultimately staining the floor in a poetically emotive gesture. The show features a ten artists, each of whom urges the viewer to rethink the possibilities of glass art in his or her own way.
— Sarah Burke




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