Acclaimed glass artist, Michael Taylor is showing his first solo Sarasota exhibition Particles: Something Out of Nothing at Alfstad& Contemporary
. Recognized by his peers in the world of glass as one of the most innovative artists and educators at work today, Taylor is renowned for his unique geometric fused-glass sculptures. His distinctive work features 10 new cold-cut pieces, along with 5 formerly displayed works, and 10 digital prints created in collaboration with Alfstad& Contemporary. The exhibition runs through February 26.
Last year, American Art Collector magazine named Sarasota as the new art glass mecca, and Michael Taylors show at Alfstad& Contemporary confirms that title, says Sam Alfstad. Anyone visiting Michaels exhibition will be mesmerized by the intricate detail and deep, rich colors of his work. His creations are not merely great glass art his work is art of the highest quality, rivaling contemporary bronze and oil works in its striking beauty and relevance to modern life.
As a pioneer of glass art, Taylor was instrumental in moving glass beyond craft to become a true means of artistic expression. He integrated colored blocks of cast glass together to produce complex, interlocking geometric variations, the "cold-glass" technique. His sculptural pieces distribute rays of light to create colorful plays and subtle nuances of refractions and reflections.
I am an artist, and I dont think of myself as anything else. I approach my creations my compositions in different ways than others in my field, says Taylor. The historical perspective of Constructivism and Modernism taught me structure. But, like a singer during a performance, the metamorphosis of creativity constantly changes and refines the process.
Most glass artists are interested in the structural outside of the pieces they create, but Taylor is the opposite. He starts with individual glass blocks, which he views as mini-compositions needing design, color and shape to function as a whole, and then combines them to achieve structural integrity married with a dazzling and constantly-changing variety of light
Glass has profound symbolic associations for Taylor. I use specific color to create a mood, communicate an idea or encourage observation, he says. The science and chemistry of glass plays a part in making these choices. I know how unstable certain glasses are, how they can change color when they are heated, cooled and reheated. I know that some glasses literally and dramatically change color in transmitted and reflective light.