Curator: Heather McElwee
Idea Furnace: Pittsburgh Biennial 2014
The Idea Furnace has been on fire for the last six months. Seven artists stepped out of their comfort zone and into the glass studio for the 2014 Pittsburgh Biennial this year at Pittsburgh Glass Center (PGC). This first-time experimental exhibition at PGC showcases new art created by seven well-known Pittsburgh artists with no glass experience working in collaboration with five local glass artists.
All the artists included in Pittsburgh Glass Center’s Biennial exhibition participated in our Idea Furnace program in 2014. Idea Furnace is an experimental design program to connect non-glass artists with glass artists and encourages exploration in other art forms. The Idea Furnace program provides support to artists working outside of the medium of glass and gives them an opportunity to explore a new material and create a body of work with the help of a master glass artist. The program was created to bridge the gap between glass and other art and design media. Pittsburgh Glass Center is educating artists about glass; giving them access to material and helping them advance their ideas in a media they would otherwise not have access to. The project also challenges our glass artists to think more broadly about the material, to approach it in a new way and to find out of the box solutions to complex design challenges. The Biennial exhibition at Pittsburgh Glass Center demonstrates the innovation, quality and diversity of work that can result from collaborations like this.
About Pittsburgh Glass Center
The Hodge Gallery at Pittsburgh Glass Center presents critically acclaimed contemporary glass art exhibitions throughout the year. A wide range of work in glass is showcased from student exhibitions to cutting edge installations by established artists that incorporate light, sound and time-based elements. With these exhibitions, PGC is expanding the perception of glass from purely functional item to the realm of sculpture, installation and expression.
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