A recent newsletter from Mosaic Art NOW 2010 cover artist Ann Gardner announced that she has received the prestigious Rakow Award from the Corning Museum of Glass (CMOG).
The first mosaic artist to be awarded a Rakow Commission, Gardner creates large-scale sculptures and installations with shimmering glass tiles that transform space. With their reduced forms and subtle decoration, Gardner describes her sculptures as quiet and simple. Most work in mosaic is architectural: mosaics are commonly applied to walls or they cover floors. Gardner is one of very few artists to create truly sculptural work with the technique. She does not just cover a shape with glass tiles, but uses light as an additional means to create volume.
In the fascinating behind-the-scenes video below, Gardner talks us through several of her award-winning sculptures from inspiration to design to construction to installation.
Regarding The Rakow: This program is made possible through the generosity of the late Dr. and Mrs. Leonard S. Rakow, Museum Fellows, friends, and benefactors of the Museum. As a part of this award, the Corning Museum of Glass commissions or purchases an existing piece of art from the selected artist. Each commissioned work is added to the Museum’s collection and is displayed publicly for the first time during the annual Seminar.
Over the years, recipients have ranged from emerging to established artists. Presently, the commission is awarded to professional artists whose work is not yet represented in the Corning Museum’s collection. Artists are nominated by the curator of modern glass, and one is selected by a Museum curatorial staff committee. Any artist from any country working in glass is eligible, but there is no formal application procedure.
CMOG selected Gardner’s Five Pods, a work strongly representative of the artist’s ouevre in its elegantly simple sculptural form, studied use of the light reflective properties of her tesserae (which she makes herself) and exquisite exploration of the space in which the work exists.
The Seattle-based artist has also launched an updated website. We strongly suggest that you grab a cuppa or a glassa and spend some time there.
Enjoy – Nancie