Sabbia Gallery presents our annual Masters of glass exhibition Storytelling. After the tremendous success of previous exhibitions in this highly anticipated series, we have selected six of the Australia’s most diverse and skilled artists in the medium to be included in 2012. These artists are all unified by the way in which they tell stories through their artform.
Glass is a translucent material that allows artists to embed images within it, or to use layers to enhance and abstract. The three dimensional form also acts as a lens to multiply an image or create a vista for the viewer. The material has a malleability that enables the artist to create works that are opaque yet translucent, whilst at the same time allows the artist to include other materials with the artwork.
Storytelling brings together artists such as Tony Hanning who tells stories about popular culture and entwines his glass within found objects, whilst Alasdair Gordon references mythology and legend with his traditional engraving technique. Ruth Oliphant draws on poems to create a visual narrative within her work and Korean-born artist Mi Kyoung Jung creates tableaus illustrating her response and feeling towards the Australian landscape. Kevin Gordon and Mel George each present small details of abstacted images within their work that points towards a moment in time.
All of these artists exploit the diverse qualities of the material in order to create these visual stories. Each work will be presented alongside its narrative – a unique opportunity to gain an insight into the imagery within these artworks and the stories that inspire each artist. Storytelling promises to be an exhibition in the 2012 Sabbia calendar that should not be missed. We are very pleased to have the opportunity to exhibit these extraordinary artists.