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  • Glasstress: White Light | White Heat|Photograph depicts 14 clear glass rectangles with copper rapped around the bottom like a handle.

    Glasstress: White Light | White Heat| Alice Anderson, Crystal Time Units, 30 crystal glass and copper thread bars with LCD screen showing performance| Unique, 2013| Courtesy of Anderson's Traveling Factory| Lead Image

  • Glasstress: White Light | White Heat| Alice Anderson| performance| Unique, 2013| Courtesy of Anderson

    Glasstress: White Light | White Heat| Alice Anderson| performance| Unique, 2013| Courtesy of Anderson's Traveling Factory

  • Glasstress: White Light | White Heat|Exhibition Installation View: Boudicca|Photograph depicts a white/ silver silhouette in centre of image in black room

    Glasstress: White Light | White Heat|Exhibition Installation View: Boudicca|Photography by Katy Davies

  • Glasstress: White Light | White Heat| Exhibition Installation View: Charlotte Hodes at the Wallace Collection| Photograph depicts two circular glass cake stands with a tribal style pattern/ painting of woman figure

    Glasstress: White Light | White Heat| Exhibition Installation View: Charlotte Hodes at the Wallace Collection| Photography by Katy Davies

  • Glasstress: White Light | White Heat| Exhibition Installation View: Gavin Turk| Photograph depicts transparent glass sculpture/ mould of exhaust system

    Glasstress: White Light | White Heat| Exhibition Installation View: Gavin Turk- This Is Not a Pipe| Photography by Katy Davies

  • Glasstress: White Light | White Heat| Exhibition Installation View: Helen Storey- Dress of Glass and Flame| Photograph depicts transparent glass corset dress with flame bowl inside

    Glasstress: White Light | White Heat| Exhibition Installation View: Helen Storey- Dress of Glass and Flame| Photograph by Katy Davies

  • Glasstress: White Light | White Heat| Exhibition Installation View: Ivyonne Khoo| Photograph depicts open top mirrored light box with video imposed on to the surface.

    Glasstress: White Light | White Heat| Exhibition Installation View: Ivyonne Khoo| Photography by Katy Davies

  • Glasstress: White Light | White Heat| Exhibition Installation View: Mat Collishaw|Photograph displays 3 different coloured warped glass bottle moulds of iconic plastic 1.5L bottles

    Glasstress: White Light | White Heat| Exhibition Installation View: Mat Collishaw|Photography by Katy Davies

  • Glasstress: White Light | White Heat| Exhibition Installation View: Michael Joo at the Wallace Collection| Photograph depicts a play on a riot shield - glass rectangular rounded edge sheet with handles on back and splatted paint on front

    Glasstress: White Light | White Heat| Exhibition Installation View: Michael Joo at the Wallace Collection| Photography by Katy Davies

  • Glasstress: White Light | White Heat| Exhibition Installation View: Miroslaw Balka at the Wallace Collection| Photograph depicts transparent glass mould of stable style door

    Glasstress: White Light | White Heat| Exhibition Installation View: Miroslaw Balka at the Wallace Collection| Photography by Katy Davies

  • Glasstress: White Light | White Heat| Exhibition Installation View: Tim Noble and Sue Webster| Photograph depicts a glass sculpture on plinth with light shining on creating a shadow on wall behind of two side portraits looking away from one another

    Glasstress: White Light | White Heat| Exhibition Installation View: Tim Noble and Sue Webster| Photography by Katy Davies

Glasstress: White Light | White Heat

27 November 2013–23 February 2014

Glasstress: White Light | White Heat presented newly commissioned work of some of  major and emerging contemporary artists, most of whom worked in glass for the first time. This exhibition showcased a selection of works from a collateral event at the 55th International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia. It was a unique collaboration between the college and the Berengo Glass Studio in Venice, and was exhibited in London at Fashion Space Gallery and the Wallace Collection. The 2013 Glasstress exhibition built on the success of two previous Venice Art Biennale Glasstress shows in 2009 and 2011, while this was the first time that the work had toured to the UK.
The 2013 exhibition in Venice comprised works by 65 artists, responding to the themes of light and heat, the components of fire, the fundamental elements involved in the formation of the universe and also the essence of glassblowing. Light is integral to our perception of glass, while heat is required to shape it. Glass is a magical and unexploited medium for artists to work with because, unlike any other material, it has such a vast range of possible appearances – it can be bright or dull, coloured, transparent, mirrored and metallic, or take any number of surface treatments and textures. Besides traditional hand-blown glass, the exhibition included works in moulded glass fabricated with the latest technology, significant not only for their aesthetic appeal but also because they illustrate the ever-blurring of boundaries and collaborations between art and fashion, and art and science.

 

This selection shown at Fashion Space Gallery included works by Boudicca, Hussein Chalayan, Lucy and Jorge Orta, and Helen Storey, whose practice bridges the boundaries between fashion and art. Other new works included in the exhibition at Fashion Space Gallery were by Alice Anderson, Mat Collishaw, Iyvonne Khoo, Oksana Mas, Javier Pérez, Tim Noble and Sue Webster, Gavin Turk and Koen Vanmechelen. Works at the Wallace Collection included those by Polly Apfelbaum, Miroslaw Balka, Mat Chivers, Tracey Emin, Jan Fabre, Paul Fryer, Recycle Group, Mona Hatoum, Charlotte Hodes, Michael Joo, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Joseph Kosuth, Hew Locke, Alastair Mackie, Aldo Mondino, Cornelia Parker, Thomas Schütte, Meekyoung Shin and Koen Vanmechelen.

Glasstress: White Light | White Heat was curated by Adriano Berengo and James Putnam.