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Glasstress: White Heat White Light

Putnam, James and Berengo, Adriano (2013) Glasstress: White Heat White Light. [Show/Exhibition]

Type of Research: Show/Exhibition
Creators: Putnam, James and Berengo, Adriano

James Putnam was co-curator of ‘Glasstress: White Light White Heat’, with Adriano Berengo, Director of Berengo Studio a collaborative event for the 55th Venice Biennale 2013, staged on two sites in Venice at the Palazzo Franchetti, Venice and the Berengo Centre for Contemporary Art and Glass, Murano. A total of 63 international artists were invited to respond to Putnam’s themes of light and heat, both fundamental to glass making - light is integral to our perception of glass while heat is required to shape it. His curatorial role included developing new commissioned works in collaboration with Berengo Studio where the glass works were made and commissioning two artist performances. His objective was to build upon previous ‘Glasstress’ exhibitions that featured only Fine Artists, the first of which was at the Venice Bienniale in 2009, to develop a curatorial concept that encompassed works to include fine art, fashion, performance and installation. Two notable examples were Cai Guo-Qiang’s Full body Scan; ‘Next!’ an installation of mannequins in suicide jackets forged in glass and a performance and Ron Arad’s Last Train, an interactive drawing installation incorporating new technology. Putnam’s research involved examining the glass blowing/moulding techniques used by the Venetian artisans and necessitated the study of glass making history and the Wallace Collection’s display of historic Venetian glass. This included research in specialist libraries, museums, archives, and also researching modern and contemporary artists’ use and attitude towards glass. A fully illustrated publication accompanied the project, including an essay by Putnam with an extract from the essay featured in the official Biennale catalogue. The exhibition was reconstituted at two venues in London, The Wallace Collection & The Fashion Space Gallery, University of the Arts, London.

Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > London College of Fashion
Date: 2013
Related Websites: http://www.glasstress.org/event_2013/12, http://www.wallacecollection.org/collections/exhibition/104
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Locations / Venues:
From Date
To Date
Palazzo Franchetti, Venice; Berengo Centre for Contemporary Art and Glass, Murano, Italy
1 June 2013
24 November 2013
The Wallace Collection, London, UK
27 November 2013
23 February 2014
Fashion Space Gallery, University of the Arts London, UK
27 November 2013
23 February 2014
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2014 11:11
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2014 11:17
Item ID: 6372
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/6372

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