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Thursday, February 19, 2009

KEVIN GORDON – Incredible Artistry Inspired by Marine Life

Pack your bags and head to Santa Fe next month! For all the usual reasons—great restaurants, beautiful New Mexico setting, fabulous art—but most especially because internationally reknowned Australian glass artist Kevin Gordon will be present for the opening reception of his new work on Friday, March 13th (lucky Friday), from 5–7 pm at Jane Sauer Gallery on Canyon Road. The exhibition continues through April 10th.

SYSTEMA NATURAE is stunning work, as you can see from the images here. Based on a close study of select marine specimens in the natural science collections of the Western Australian Museum, Gordon has captured the unique and wondrous characteristics of these underwater treasures in a magnificent body of work featuring the intricate, detailed forms of invertebrates such as sea urchins, coral, and shells. Each piece is poetry in glass, sophisticated and technically perfect.

Gordon has exhibited worldwide in solo and group exhibitions and his work is held in many private and public collections, including the Sir Elton John Glass Collection, London; The Mobile Museum, Mobile, Alabama; Australian National Art Gallery Collection, Canberra, Australia; and Australian National Glass Collection Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia. He has been an eleven-times finalist for the prized Ranamok Glass Awards, has won three People’s Choice awards and many other national prizes.

This is Kevin Gordon’s first solo U.S. show, and Jane Sauer says, “In this body of work, Gordon distills the complex structures he finds in nature, creating his own mathematical repetitions and organic variations. The complexity of each piece demonstrates Gordon’s rare talent to push the capabilities of glass, working skillfully with it both hot and cold, and continuously opening up new thinking and approaches in glass.”

For more information about the exhibit: http://www.jsauergallery.com/

Kevin’s website is at http://www.kevingordon.com/

-- Rosemary Carstens


Andrea Meyer said...

This looks like it will be a beautiful exhibit. Artwork inspired by marine life has a relaxing gracefulness to it. I had the opportunity to see some beautiful pieces in Carmel a few years back - I especially liked the jellyfish floating in tranquil blue water.

Jerrie said...

Glass is so seductive!!!!

Stephanie Chasteen said...

I love this... The first piece reminds me of one of my dad's underwater photos. I'm not sure if it was a nudebranch or what. Science & art is one of my passions... check out one of my posts about Ned Kahn's science/art installations. He kind of goes the other way from Kevin Gordon -- phenomena as aesthetic art, rather than art modeled on aesthetic phenomena.

Laurel Kallenbach said...

I love the spiral shell bowl the most, although all the pieces you've shown here are absolutely intriguing. Glass seems to be the perfect medium for expressing marine life: like water, it's either clear or opaque and given to swirls!

Anonymous said...

The glass work is stunning. I would love to go to Santa Fe to see it in person. Bonnie Gangelhoff, senior editor, Southwest Art.