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National Glass Centre showcases two artists at prestigious international art fair

Released: Wednesday 7th May 2014 at 16:18

National Glass Centre at the University of Sunderland will exhibit work created by the finest artists working in glass and ceramics this week at COLLECT, the International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects, at Saatchi Gallery, London.

Glass is a major focus of this year’s fair, and National Glass Centre will be among the internationally important galleries represented at the art fair, which attracts high profile art collectors from around the world, looking to purchase the best in contemporary art and craft.

Glass artists Richard Slee and James Maskrey will show artworks which were created at National Glass Centre’s world class production facilities and will be available to purchase. 

James Maskrey’s work is an extension of his ‘Antarctic Episodes’  series thatcelebrates the heroic age of Antarctic exploration.   This particular chapter celebrates the Imperial Trans Antarctic or ‘Endurance’ Expedition of 1914-17.   Conceived by Sir Ernest Shackleton, the expedition was an attempt to make the first land crossing of the Antarctic. This crossing from sea to sea remained, in Shackleton's words, the "one great main object of Antarctic journeyings".  The expedition failed to accomplish this objective, but became recognised instead as an epic feat of endurance.

Maskrey’s body of work features free blown glass bottles and glasses which look like they have an ice effect and contain free blown glass whale teeth and bone, printed with maps of the expedition route and a fascinating job advert that Shackleton placed in a newspaper to recruit men for the expedition.

Richard Slee’s humorous body of work was originally inspired by the floor in the Saatchi Gallery, which reminded him of water.  His central conception was Boat with Oars.  Inflating the translucent dingy can be likened, to the act of blowing and inflating glass and he replaced the blades of the oars with glass, wanting them to look as if they were soft and pliable like the plastic of the boat, but being glass, they are a ‘frozen’ version.

Slee completes the scene with glass Duck Gun  and Flare Gun which sit in the boat and glazed ceramic pure white birds with elegant swan-like necks wearing party shop latex noses/beaks, which ‘swim’ around the boat and amongst glass marker Flags .

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