27 November 2013–23 February 2014
Glasstress: White Light | White Heat presented newly commissioned work of some of today’s 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.