Are we there yet? Artists Granite Calimpong and Brent Rogers may never know, but their adventures and discoveries along the way are on view at Pittsburgh Glass Center (PGC) for everyone to…
Brent Rogers & Granite Calimpong, Feb. 7 – Apr. 20, 2014
A New Exhibition that Highlights the Journey of Two Resident Artists
Are we there yet? Artists Granite Calimpong and Brent Rogers may never know, but their adventures and discoveries along the way will be on view at Pittsburgh Glass Center (PGC) for everyone to see Feb. 7 – Apr. 20, 2014. The new exhibition “Halfway to Somewhere” is the result of a residency at PGC.
Granite Calimpong of Seattle and Brent Rogers of Chicago came together at PGC as resident artists in 2013 to experiment, try new ideas and make art in a nonlinear way using different materials and new approaches and processes.
Calimpong’s work is typically blown and cold worked glass that is simple and clean with a focus on the form and surface. Rogers’ work, on the other hand, focuses more on content rather than form. He uses imagery, lamination and painting on glass to convey various concepts. Because their styles are so distinct, they said that there was a lot of meeting in the middle on decision-making during the six-week residency and production of the work.
“This is the first big show for both of us and we really don't know where it will lead us. It is certain that having a dedicated period of time at the Pittsburgh Glass Center has been amazing for both of us and our development as individual artists. We are very aware of the fact that there is no clear destination. There is no termination point of where this work ends and new work begins, just comfort in the fact that the journey is and has been enjoyable,” said Calimpong.
Calimpong and Rogers have had the opportunity to work with a number of the best practicing glass artists today. This has allowed them to build a deep understanding of the material and how to work with it.
“While this knowledge base is an important aspect of our creative process, it is our dedication to exploring new ways to use the material and our fresh approach to the knowledge and techniques that we have acquired that made our time at PGC so valuable. The work in the exhibition and our approach is a refreshing blend of old and new,” said Rogers.
I am an artist, a glass worker and a craftsman. My instinct is rooted in process. I find great value in understanding a material long before the creative process begins. I came to glass for the process first and then slowly began to piece together an understanding of its static qualities.
I strive to create work that exhibits balance and clarity of form. Whether the work is tight and symmetrical or loose in its manifestations, I am dedicated to creating glass that is carefully considered, cleanly executed, and exhibits the attention to detail that I employ during every step of the process.
Granite Calimpong grew up the son of a potter in Northern California. He graduated with a degree in Interdisciplinary Computing in the Arts from the University of California, San Diego, where he was first introduced to glass. He has worked as a freelance glassblowing assistant to many artists including Nancy Callan, Benjamin Moore, Ethan Stern, John Kiley, Dan Dailey, Janusz Pozniak and James Mongrain. He currently lives and works in Seattle.
My work focus’s on themes of rejection, acceptance and failure because it is a common occurrence in everyday life. I aim to capture emotion of a specific moment utilizing the reflective qualities of glass. I am interested in this reflection and how the viewer then becomes part of the work.
Working in the hot shop is as important as the alternative materials applied after the glass has cooled. I strive to push the boundaries of new cold applications to leave my own mark on the material.
Brent Rogers was born and raised in Seattle, WA where he worked as a production glass blower and designer at the Glass Eye Studio before relocating to Chicago in 2011. He has been an active member of Studio 5416 in Ballard, WA since it opened in April 2010. Brent educated himself in glass and illustration concepts at the Pratt Fine Art Center and Pilchuck Glass School and as an intern at Benjamin Moore Incorporated.