Tansey Contemporary is pleased to present “Falling Into”, a solo exhibition from internationally renowned Australian glass artist Clare Belfrage beginning September 14th through October 7th, 2017 at 1743 Wazee Street, Denver CO.
The gallery’s first exhibition in Denver, "Falling Into" follows Belfrage’s recent SALA (South Australian Living Artists) recognition as their Festival Feature Artist for 2018 and will include two new series of the artist’s detailed and complex glass drawing on blown glass forms: Quiet Shifting and Skin Deep. Together, the series represent being immersed in an experience or feeling from the natural world.
Belfrage states: “I am excited about this exhibition and showing these two series together. They are strongly related yet, I think, have quite a different feel. The Quiet Shifting with voluptuous forms, bound and held by a woven mesh, the horizontal line as a strong presence. Whereas the Skin Deep works stretch tall with a vertical aspiration expressing dynamics of growth particular to each piece.”
The Quiet Shifting series of works takes inspiration from rock formations and Belfrage’s experience of the Australian Alps. The works reflect the slow but dynamic movement of monoliths and clusters of rocks as well as the covering of rocks like lichen and moss. The Skin Deep series is inspired by close observation of trees, their shapes, bark and skin with ripples and twists reflected in the glass.
A two time winner of the Tom Malone Glass Prize and the 2016 FUSE Glass Prize Belfrage’s works are represented in major public collections around the world including: National Gallery of Australia, Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY, Museu do Vidro, Marinha Grande, Portugal, Tacoma Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA, National Art Glass Collection, Wagga Wagga, ArtBank, NSW, Art Gallery of South Australia, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Museum and Art Gallery of Tasmania and Northern Territory Museum.
Gallery owner Jen Tansey explains: “We selected Belfrage as our first artist to feature because her work and her practice are so closely aligned with our program’s focus on artists who have reached a recognized level of mastery with a medium traditionally associated with craft, but who continue to innovate in significant ways. We are particularly interested in artists who make meaningful contributions to their artistic community- both contributing to and drawing information and inspiration from fellow artists, followers, collectors and institutions. Today, these are international communities and we are especially interested in craft's ability to connect global cultures. This is why we feature an international roster of artists, who through their work, are addressing topics and themes of global cultural relevance. Whether those topics and themes are as universal as the patterns found in nature or as culturally specific as racially charged stereotypes, we believe it is important to bring artists from all over the country and the world into Denver to interact with our community in meaningful ways.”
Please join us for the opening reception on September 14, 2017 at 6 - 8pm. Clare Belfrage will be present.