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States of Flux by Leana Quade
May 5 – July 30, 2017 Free opening reception May 5, 6-9pm
Leana Quade Pushes Glass to Its Extremes
Leana Quade is known for making materials act differently than expected. In “States of Flux,” she offers new ways to experience glass and its luscious light, erratic fluidity and amazing resilience.
Quade considers herself a blend of an artist and a mad scientist. Her creative process is about experimentation and discovery while exploiting materials and pushing them to extremes. She has always been interested in making materials act differently than the common properties they are known for. She said, “Using my art to create a feeling or different viewpoint is something that drives me. Watching someone discover glass in a new way while viewing my work, weather it’s seeing glass bend or stretch for the first time or seeing it in its fluid state is what I find successful.”
In “States of Flux” there are three main components - time, tension and transformation. These themes are explored in a variety of ways including demonstration, projection and installation. One video that will be on display is called, “Release.”
“Flexibility, intense heat, luscious light, erratic fluidity, and resilience are a few fascinations I have with glass as a material. My work involves exploiting glass in a surrealistic sense that invites the viewer to question the material and what they are seeing. I attempt to provide the viewer with an opportunity to perceive glass in a new way and think twice about how it acts, moves and functions. I hope to provide them with the same sense of wonder, awe, and curiosity I feel during my creative process,” said Quade.
About Leana Quade
Leana Quade has been using glass as her art medium for over 15 years. She received her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2003. Since gradating she traveled the world working with glass, assisting artists, teaching classes and sharing her knowledge and passion of glass with others. Her work has been shown internationally, including Belgium, China, Italy and throughout the United States. She recently received her MFA from Alfred University.