I first posted about Jason Gamrath in 2012, as he was beginning to burst onto the glass art scene. I wasn’t kidding when I said he was one to watch. His recent Venus Fly Trap and Pitcher Plant collection is luscious.
At first glance you notice that Gamrath’s sculptures of flowers and plants are lovely. Sure. But wait. WAIT. In most of the images you don’t get a good sense of the size of the sculptures – and it’s the size that sets these beauties apart. The Columbine sculptures pictured below? 8 feet tall. Oh.My.Goodness.
You cannot fully appreciate this work until you see the creations installed.
The artist and his Venus Fly Trap
Jason Gamrath’s website
Previous post on DAM about Gamrath
CJ Jilek’s biomorphic ceramic forms seemed like a fitting complement to yesterday’s post about Linda Threadgill’s fantastical flower brooches. Both artists create bold statement pieces and use botanical forms as a stepping off point in their work.
Inspired by the sensuality of the natural world, Jilek’s porcelain and mixed media sculptures question ideas of beauty, attraction and desire. She recognized that the easily viewed reproductive elements of botanical forms serve as a metaphor for human sexuality, thus coaxing the viewer to explore these ideas using a universal visual language. The forms are bold and beautiful.
“Eliminating the presence of stems, leaves, and roots removes the physical context of the plants allowing the viewer to focus on the form specifically in terms of its sexuality. The exaggerated form of the stamens and pistils creates a visual language making direct correlations between the botanical forms and characteristics of the human body. These biomorphic forms are designed to lead the viewer to a subconscious association between nature and human instinct of attraction.”
CJ Jilek’s website
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Nick Mount’s ongoing series of plumb bobs, scent bottles, fruits and cans are a seductive collection of objects expertly combined in still life settings that draw the viewer in. The glass forms beg to be caressed, if not by the hand, then certainly by the eye. Stunning.
One of the pre-eminent artists in the Australian studio glass movement, Nick Mount has been a glass blower for more than four decades. In 2012 he was given the distinction of Living Treasure by the Australian Center for Craft and Design. It’s easy to see why.
Nick Mount’s website