February 1, 2013 - March 30, 2013
View the uncommon grounds installation
uncommon grounds opened during FirstFriday Artwalk on February 1, from 5:30-8,
at morgan contemporary glass gallery and continues through March 30, 2013. This exhibition highlights the fluidity and transformative quality of glass as a material, as well as the vast array of different styles exemplified by each artist's individual technique. Jon Goldberg's geode and organism series reflect the structured chaos of nature by suggesting the complicated but continual genesis, evolution, and extinction of life forms. Jan Kransberger returns to the gallery with her stylized cast glass formal sculptures. Inherently feminine, her figures absorb and diffuse light, amplifying the expression of complex emotion. Mark Leputa exhibits elegant blown and cut glass forms. These abstract sculptures impress with their shape, use of negative space, optics and texture. Leonard Marty's glass sculptures are defined by careful use of shapes, balance, asymmetry, stasis and implied movement. The rhythm of his work grows from an immediate and emotional "gut" feeling felt during the artistic process. Matthew Szösz offers some of the art world's most interesting forms with his blown glass sculptures. His 'inflatables' series telegraphs the tension between the "restraint of traditional learned technique and the manic energy of a rock throwing iconoclast" that echoes throughout his body of work.