European Glass Context 2012

Less than a week away is a big event for contemporary glass--the European Glass Context is coming to Bornholm. Two big exhibitions by emerging and established artists, two conferences and satellite events--i'm very much looking forward to catching up with some old friends as well as make some new contacts. 

I was very privileged to be appointed the UK national commissioner for this event, and was a part of the selection process for our representative artists. Erin Dickson, Markus Kayser, Shelley Doolan, and Jerome Harrington will be exhibiting work and competing for some prize money. Best of luck to them all, I enjoyed putting their work forward as leading practitioners in our field.


Emotional Leak video work

Here is the video work, Emotional Leak from the resetting of Kith and Kin, revealing the source material of the leak. It is in fact a puddle of milk dripping onto a black wooden board. The video was produced by Erin Dickson, who asked me to collaborate on the commissioned artwork in the first place.

Emotional Leak video from Sarmiento Glass on Vimeo.

A short time lapse of a puddle, which we used to create the 3D rendering for emotional leak, our commissioned artwork for Kith and Kin, at National Glass Centre in 2011/12.


Emotional Leak setup

Finally have a bit of time to reflect and report on the last year of work, which has kept me very busy. 

Here is a construction shot of Emotional Leak, my collaboration with Erin Dickson for the National Glass Centre. Great piece, up for only a short while, but hope to be installing it again in a good venue.

Emotional Leak Construction from Sarmiento Glass on Vimeo.

Stacking 291 heavy pieces of glass onto a steel spindle for the making of Emotional Leak (2011), a collaboration between Jeffrey Sarmiento and Erin Dickson. Shown at Kith and Kin, an Exhibition at National Glass Centre, Sunderland, UK


Centre construction shots

In case you were wondering just how Centre was constructed for my recent show in Turkey, here is a short time lapse of its setup in the kiln. Thanks to Erin Dickson, Mette Birk and Kathryn Wightman who helped put this thing together.

Centre Construction from Sarmiento Glass on Vimeo.

Loading the large kiln in April 2012, in the making of Centre, an artwork inspired by a controversial London high-rise.



Happy days with the object

Here is a fun photo of my colleague Kathryn Wightman with an early version of Comb, which I'm pleased to say has been announced one of the winners of the International Glass Prize in Lommel, Belgium. According to the curator, it was the smallest work in the exhibition, and its familiar shape as a domestic object belied the complex narrative revealed in the embedded text.

It's a piece I am extremely proud of, and have perservered through numerous failures (Kathryn is holding a 'demo' version of the comb which has a tiny break from polishing--it is also the one that appears in all the publications). Few galleries have shown interest in the Sunderland Museum project, but curators have taken notice. This award (along with the Glass Sellers runner up for Ossify) confirms that it's been worth making something I find to be meaningful, and that others might agree.

Announcement of the winners available on the International Glass Prize website.  Shots of the final Comb in situ and some other work here.

Kathryn offering a demo as my TA at Pratt Seattle in 2011. She's now a lecturer in New Zealand.