July 6, 2011
Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass, July 2011

Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass, July 2011

Philip Baldwin and Monica Guggisberg began their journey refining the classic traditions of their training and now embrace all aspects of experimentation. Their work is expressed in a collection of glass vessels distinguished by bold surface designs cut to reveal the colors below, and that celebrate the nature of hot, molten glass. Philip and Monica are represented by David Richard Contemporary. Artist Statement:

We have been working together as a team for 28 years. It has been a kaleidoscopic journey which has brought us through almost every aspect of glass as a medium – craft, design, art, sculpture, architecture. Hot, cold, simple, complex. Our learning curve has been one of constant exploration bound together by certain very basic overarching themes, a love of the material, a sense of art as an expression of beauty, and the driving desire to weave our work with our everyday life, to find joy in what we make, both the process and the results of those processes.

Along the way our engagement with glass has been an expanding highway covering our beginnings as a two-person "hotshop" making clean, functional designs for everyday use; collaborating with the traditional glass industry as designers, working with factories in Germany, Switzerland, the U.S. and Italy; and bringing us gradually to using glass as an expression of art, a celebration of all that we have learned over the years combining our feelings about color, form, texture, pattern, and material.

Having started with a sober and classical attitude toward form and shape, we have gradually yielded to an expanded exuberance in both shape and dimension. If seeking original expression of beauty is our driving motivation, clarity of line is the thread that weaves the work together. While a point is a cross-section of a line, the line itself runs indefinitely through space without limit. Our work is composed of short moments of these imagined lines, captured in glass, hot and cold. We love what we do, and count on the pleasure we hope our work conveys.

About Philip Baldwin and Monica Guggisberg

New York-born Philip Baldwin and Swiss native Monica Guggisberg learned their metier in Sweden where layering color through blown overlays - originally developed by Simon Gate for the Graal technique at Orrefors - was an "old" 20th century process. As students, they assisted Wilke Adolfsson and Ann Wolff (1979-1981) before leaving Sweden to open their own studio in Switzerland in 1982. They continued their work as glass artists for 20 years in Switzerland and more recently in Paris, where they moved in 2001 and now reside.

They have collaborated on designs for Best & Lloyd, London, England; Venini, Venice, Italy; Nestlé, Vevey, Switzerland; Rosenthal Glas & Porzellan AG, Selb, Germany; Hergiswil Glas, Hergiswil, Switzerland; and Steuben Glass, Corning, New York.

They have received numerous awards including the “Grand Prix des arts Appliquées 1999,” Lausanne, Switzerland; the Federal Commission for Applied Art, Switzerland; and IKEA Foundation, Sweden.

Their work is in museums around the world. U.S. museums with their work include the Museum of Arts and Design, New York; Corning Museum of Glass, New York; Denver Art Museum; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, Virginia; Houston Museum of Fine Arts; Indianapolis Museum of Art; Mobile Museum of Art, Alabama; Palm Springs Art Museum; Toledo Museum of Art; and Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine, Wisconsin. Abroad, their work can be found in the National Glass Center, Sunderland, UK; Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris; Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv; Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Sapporo, Japan; Museum Bellerive, Zürich; Museo del Vetro di Murano; Glasmuseum Ebeltoft, Denmark; and many others.

Acknowledgment of Gallery:
We are grateful to David Richard Contemporary, Santa Fe, New Mexico, for providing the materials for the Artist of the Month.

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Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts
J. Willard Marriott Library
The University of Utah, 01/17/2017

The University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library will host the art exhibition Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts, Jan. 20-March 3.

Artnauts, an art collective formed 20 years ago by George Rivera, professor of art and art history at the University of Colorado, Boulder, consists of 300 global artists who serve as goodwill ambassadors, acknowledging and supporting victims of oppression worldwide. Their creativity has generated over 230 exhibitions across five continents. Five faculty members from the U’s Department of Art and Art History are members of the collective, Sandy Brunvand, Beth Krensky, V. Kim Martinez, Brian Snapp and Xi Zhang.

Globalocation derives from “Globalocational Art” — a concept used by the Artnauts to refer to their exhibitions in international venues. It is the mission of the Artnauts to take art to places of contention, and this anniversary exhibition is a sample of places where they have been and themes they have addressed.

“The Artnauts could not exist without the commitment of the artists in the collective to a common vision of the transformative power of art,” said Rivera. “The Artnauts make their contribution with art that hopefully generates a dialogue with an international community on subjects that are sometimes difficult to raise.”

Krensky, associate department chair of the Art and Art History Department, had the opportunity to travel with Rivera in Chile as part of an Artnauts project, working with mothers who were searching for their children who had mysteriously disappeared during a time of political unrest.

“When I travelled to Chile in 1998, George and I spent an afternoon with the Mothers of the Disappeared, and the meeting changed my life,” said Krensky. “It was from that moment on that I placed a picture of them on my desk to look at every day. I was so moved by what they each had lost — a son, a brother, a father — and yet what remained for them was a deep, deep well of love. They were fierce warriors and stood up to the government to demand the whereabouts and information of the people who had disappeared, but they lived within profound love.”

The 20th anniversary exhibition at the Marriott Library is a retrospective of the traveling works the Artnauts have toured around the globe. The exhibition will be located on level three of the library. The opening reception is open to the public and will be held on Friday, Jan 20, 4-6 p.m. Rivera will speak at 4 p.m.

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