"Persson of Interest," featuring the cast glass creations of Stig Persson, opens at Palette Contemporary Art and Craft on First Friday, February 2nd from 5-8 PM and runs though February 28th, 2018.
Common questions that we hear when one views Stig Persson's work are, “Why does it look like it does?” and "What is it?".
A Danish glass artist, Stig expresses his answer to this question in the same manner that he creates his artwork, in a beautifully minimal fashion.
Stig likes his glass to have sort of a raw finish. He likes it when there are airbubbles trapped inside where you can see that two pieces of glass have melted together even if there are some small impurities trapped inside this glass.
In his opinion, these things add to the strength of his work… makes it seem more powerful! He imagines that this is what the first glass looked like, when it was first discovered.
Two recurring series of work that Stig creates are “Stacked” + “Layers.” Stig describes both series as follows:
The elements for the “Stacked” work is all cast from individual models, then cut, ground, and finally resin-coated.
“Stacked” was created over time and the inspiration comes from very different directions. Over one summer, Stig passed through a wooded area several times, where they were cutting down an “obscene” amount of trees and the piles just grew and they grew.
During the same period, he was cleaning up his studio and came across several boxes with leftovers from the time he was making glass panels with drilled-out holes. Stig saved these “holes” and just started stacking them like logs in a woodpile. Needless to say, Stig’s glass panels were very thick for these holes could be upwards of ten inches deep!
The potential alphanumeric part of his piece title refer to planets or constellations from one of his favorite science fiction series. He’d spend a lot of late evenings on his building’s roof, looking up at the stars. One night, while picking out a few of his favorites, Stig wished he could collect and keep these stars together in a pile. So, Stig also considers “Stacked” to be kind of a star-hole pile.
The elements of his “Layers” are produced the same way as “Stacked” with one key addition: glue. For his separate elements are fastened together using a flexible glue. Flexible glue is used so that one can handle “Layers” without the risk of adding tension to the assemblage. This method however, sometimes can cause reflections to change in the glass. But, then again, Stig likes this result because it both adds to the strength of his work and one may be able to see how he constructed it.
To answer our first two questions above, Stig's artwork can also be reminiscent of crankshafts and books.Regardless, they are sure to pique your interest!
This February, we will also be introducing a new artist into the gallery, Nathan
We look forward to seeing you throughout the month of February and hope that you'll attend our opening!