Archives 2nd half of 2013
Lucy + Jorge Orta Press release
In a unique collaboration between Berengo Studio, Venice Projects, London College of Fashion, and The Wallace Collection, Glasstress: White Light | White Heat presents newly commissioned work from some of today’s most important contemporary artists, many working in glass for the first time.
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Exhibition 1st December 2013 -
Lucy + Jorge Orta’s Amazonia Tree of Life, commissioned for the Venice venue of this traveling exhibition, are blossoms of handcrafted glass flowers, grafted onto branches from a Mediterranean olive tree, extending outward from the trunk. Amazonia Tree of Life follows the trajectory of Lucy + Jorge Orta’s ongoing Perpetual Amazonia project. During their 2009 expedition to the Peruvian Amazon the artists photographed hundreds of rainforest plant species, creating a personalized collection of florilegium they continue to add to during their travels across the world. These florae have since been transformed into large format photographs, drawings, handcrafted couture works, and porcelain objects. The latest interpretations in glass have been blown by the master craftsman Danilo Zanella at Berengo Studio.
As its title intimates, Glasstress: White Light | White Heat deals with light and heat, intrinsic aspects of glass and its working. Glass is born from the creative and destructive force of fire, which transforms the basic chemical elements into a viscous fluid. The result is a malleable matter with a chaotic, molecular structure providing light with a limitless variety of surfaces, colors, transparencies, and reflections.
The London exhibition is showing across the Fashion Space Gallery and The Wallace Collection.
A Perfect Holiday Gift : Antarctica World Passport now available on Amazon
Dates: 20 December 2013
Venue: Studio Orta Amazon shop
The Antarctica World Passport is a precious, editioned artwork by Lucy + Jorge Orta to mobilize citizens of the world to protect the Antarctic. By obtaining this facsimile travel document one agrees to fulfill the promises of the Antarctica World Community by taking action against global warming and striving for peace. The project is not for profit and the minimal fee goes toward administration costs.