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A brief presentation of the glass artist Dale Chihuly created for a color theory course.

A brief presentation of the glass artist Dale Chihuly created for a color theory course.

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  • 1. The American Glass Designer & Entrepreneur
  • 2.  Glass has been used for over 2000 years Has a transparent quality, material illuminates light Has the unique ability to transmit and diffuse light Mixture of infinite colors; Cobalt blue is the easiest color to create in glass sculptures Glass is extremely pliable and the only medium besides clay that has flexibility unlike stone, metal and wood Creates jewel-like shapes and forms Glass takes 4 minutes to form shapes under intense heat Speed is the key to technical formation Each piece has precision and tension
  • 3. Earlier Years Born in Tacoma, Washington in 1941 Mother was a gardener and had a strong influence on him in his youth Was inspired by nature and flowers in the garden
  • 4.  1965-1967 University of Washington Studied interior design  1968 University of Wisconsin Received MS in Sculpture  1969-1980 Taught at Haystack School in Maine Chairperson of the glass department 1983 Rhode Island School of Design (Providence) Established the glass department
  • 5.  Seashell-like formations Flowers and plant forms that took on natural life forms Organic abstract sculptures Glass chandeliers Three-dimensional architectural glass art installations
  • 6. Facts about Chihuly Uses complimentary colors in his art work Works are not symmetrical Begins ideas from painting on large canvases Enjoys working in nature and loves the desert and ocean
  • 7. TeamworkCHIHULY JAPAN BLOW, 1989 BENJAMIN MOORE, DANTE MARIONI, CHIHULY,ROBBIE (LEFT TO RIGHT)
  • 8. Inspiration Crystal Palace was built  Chihuly purchased a in 1851 in London, glass house in Chicago England which was similar to a greenhouse made of cast iron and which influenced his glass garden and flower Was built in 17 weeks structures and was 19 acres
  • 9.  Produced environmental glass and produced major architectural installations Worked as an architect in Seattle, Washington in 1968 Became first American glassblower at the Venini factory in Murano Established Pilchuck Glass School in Starwood, Washington in 1971
  • 10. • Chihuly explored color, design and forms that characterized his work• His approach was too exploit the qualities of the glass medium to evoke a wider range of psychological and emotional responses of his audience
  • 11.  Chihuly was introduced to Venetian glass which is a lightweight, colorful glass used in Venice since the 16th Century Had his first trip to London, England where his work was displayed at the Victoria & Albert Museum which is the largest museum in Europe (11 acres) Had his first trip to Israel Used neon, argon and blown glass forms to create room sized installations
  • 12.  Established Pilchuck Glass School in Starwood, Washington Glass Forest – used agriculture and weaved glass structures in a natural environment to produce exhibitions Navajo Cylinders Pilchuck Baskets Seaforms Series
  • 13. CYCAD CIRCLE LAVENDER HERONS, CYCAD CIRCLE LAVENDER HERONS & CYCAD CIRCLE FIDDLEHEADS,2005 GREEN HORNETS, 2005 2006"CHIHULY AT FAIRCHILD" "CHIHULY AT FAIRCHILD" "CHIHULY AT FAIRCHILD"DECEMBER 3, 2005 – MAY 31, 2006 DECEMBER 3, 2005 – MAY 31, 2006 DECEMBER 9, 2006 – MAY 31, 2007FAIRCHILD TROPICAL BOTANIC FAIRCHILD TROPICAL BOTANIC FAIRCHILD TROPICAL BOTANICGARDEN GARDEN GARDENCORAL GABLES, FLORIDA CORAL GABLES, FLORIDA CORAL GABLES, FLORIDA
  • 14.  Chihuly lost his left eye in a car accident in 1976 where he lost his depth perception Began working with a group of artists, crafts people and master glassblowers that produced massive glass structures that could not be attainable by working alone Dislocated his left shoulder while bodysurfing where he was no longer able to hold the glass blowing pipe Gave up his job as a master glassblower position to William Morris
  • 15. • Created the “Seaform series” consisting of shell-like forms• Created the “Soft Cylinder” series which combined elements of the earlier “Basket and Cylinder” series.• Developed the new “Persian series” with former RISD student Martin Blank as gaffer which included biomorphic shapes• Developed large scale, multicolored forms known as the “Macchia Series”• Created “Venetian Series” with master Italian glassblower Lino Tuglia Pietra as gaffer
  • 16. Basket & Cylinder Series
  • 17. Persian Series
  • 18. Persian Ceilings
  • 19. Macchia Series
  • 20. Venetian Series
  • 21. Created large & dramatic 3-dimensional chandelierswhich gained international recognition
  • 22. Chandeliers
  • 23. Towers
  • 24. • In the early 1990’s, Chihuly’s workshops was housed in a factory on the waterfront of Seattle• “Chihuly Over Venice” was a two-year project which included hanging over 14 chandelieurs in Finland, Ireland, Mexico and Venice• Designed sets & lighting for a production of Peleas et Melisandre by the Seattle Opera Company and commissions for public space including his most awarding project in 1999 “Light of Jerusalem” in Israel
  • 25. • Waterford Crystal in Waterford County, Ireland• River of Glass in Finland
  • 26. 1996 Vitro Factory in Monterrey, Mexico Sleeping Lady Conference Retreat in Leavenworth, Washington Icicle Creek Chandelier A 4-5 foot long icicle chandelier outside structure designed for 100 mph winds and stood 10-feet tall• Flare at the top and was built loose to allow wind to be able to blow through the structure Over 6 feet of snow fell and none of the glass broke while it remained outside for weeks
  • 27.  Traveled to Israel five (5) times before starting inspired work Inspired by ice blocks and received a creative vision to design an ice sculpture Shipped 15 massive blocks of ice from Alaska to Israel Stated that ideas came from his gut and it was the most rewarding piece of work completed Over 1 million people visited the exhibit
  • 28. Light of Jerusalem
  • 29.  International exhibit at the Victorian & Albert Museum in London Chihuly Gardens & Glass located at the Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago, IL Potatoes & Bamboo Project Crystal Tree of Lights for the White House Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, UT Begins Silvered Series
  • 30.  Sales estimated $29 million reported by Seattle Times
  • 31. Chihuly’s installations have been featured in large indoor & outdoor venues at botanical gardens in: Chicago Columbus Atlanta Miami Phoenix Works found in over 150 major museums
  • 32. What’s Next?Chihuly Garden and Glass Groundbreaking Ceremony August 23, 2011. Seattle, Washington Opens Spring 2012
  • 33. • His career expands over four decades• Chihuly has transformed the industry of glass artwork through his creative vision• Recognized as an international premier glass artist where he is featured in books, essays and PBS specials• Collaborated with a team of artists, designers and staff
  • 34. BooksThe Art of Glass from Galle to Chihuly Highlights from the Lowenbach Collection, Copyright 2007 Newark Museum Association p. 11-15, p 24-26, p 34-38 Videos Chihuly Gardens & Glass Directed by Peter West Chihuly in the Light of Jerusalem Directed by Peter West Chihuly Short Cuts Directed by Peter West, Michael Barnard, Ken Samuelson Photos www.Chihuly.com Websites Holstengalleries.com/artists/show/chihuly-7
  • 35. Yolanda Berry