'Strike a Balance'
Balance is concerned with the distribution of visual interest- what is where in a composition. Balance can also be described as achieving equilibrium. Many people automatically gravitate to symmetry.
There are two systems for achieving balance: symmetry and asymmetry. Symmetry- a mirror image and Asymmetry- without symmetry
Symmetrical balance is also called formal balance because a form (formula) is used- a mirror image about a vertical axis. The results look formal, organized and orderly.
Balance doesn't necessarily mean symmetry, however. Asymmetrical ("informal") balance occurs when elements are placed unevenly in a piece, but work together to produce harmony overall.
Balance is usually a desirable characteristic within artistic works. There are times, however, when it is desirable to deliberately throw the balance off in order to call more attention to some aspect of an image.
36 artists share their work for this themed show.
Launched on: 30th December 2014
Cut, sandblasted, colored, bonded float glass - made in France - 2014
The sculpture is meant to express the flow of life - with the colors representing each phase from birth to youth - adulthood - old age and death - the continuous strife for equilibrium of life.
Sheet glass und balls pilled together.
Structure One was publiced in the New Glass Review 35 of the Corning Museum of Glass.
Paper-thin pate de verre,Bullseye glass
Fused and slumped glass, wall hung. The eye wants to find balance when presented with two similar objects, are they the same or different. This piece examines the cyclical nature of how we manage organic material. And perhaps I was thinking of blood.
A lattice piece shaped by hanging then cutting into two halves. Made from Adventurine Green and Clear Green Bullseye glass.
STAINED GLASS SCULPTURE, LEADED.
A number of carefully shaped stained glass pieces which allow the supporting lead to be manipulated to form a continuous loop which twists and turns. It is approx. 600mm tall and most often would be balanced from a single loop on top of a chrome support.
Painted stained glass panel
Vision was created with symmetry in mind, I wanted to create a challenging shape that was perfectly balanced to draw the eye and mind in.
Created as a traditional stained glass panel, back lit with LED's and framed in a bespoke hand made reclaim wood frame. Decorated with silver stain, powder frits, screen printing and marbling of enamels
In my work there are two hanging glass spheres. One of them is attached to the ceiling, the other is hanging upwards from the table. There is a strong magnetic attraction between the spheres, which keeps them together. The magnetization is slowly fading, 1% per decade, which means that eventually gravity will overcome the magnetic pull, and the lower sphere will fall.
What is not visible in a picture, is that there is a small oscillating movement between the spheres; they are getting closer, then back. The movement is slight but as visible as the movement of the minute hand. It is as if they were not sure whether to be together or not.
I was interested in how the notion of temporariness changes how the viewer sees the work: it personifies the spheres, it makes them seem mortal. You feel pity for them even though you know that their demise will follow long after yours.
Sommercalmos - incalmo inspired free blown vessels.
A 'twist' on the traditional incalmo technique - deliberately throwing the form
and thus the colour distribution (where the two merge) off balance. Once the
two vessels are joined and marvered the piece is cased in a layer of clear
glass, blown and shaped as the fancy takes. Despite the obvious asymmetry
I do feel the pieces still retain a sense of (visual) balance - I would say
serendipity plays an important role in the final outcome!
Work is about cultural and religious integration between societies.
Coriolis II consists of three separate sections. The main section is a crescent of clear optical glass which is counter balanced on top of a cast glass column, my positioning a heavy, lead based cast glass sphere into a small recess at the bottom of the optical glass crescent. The lead glass sphere itself is made up of eight individually cast components which have been laminated together, then spherically lapped by hand into a perfect sphere.
From dispersed, diffused raindrops, sunlight brings an optical sense of balance - the arc, with colours always in the same order
These two pieces continue my preoccupations with water and mythology, having been drawn naturally to these themes as a keen and regular swimmer and water polo player.They were designed as a pair, to mirror each other and at the same time contrast in their gender.
This commission is made of opaque glass and has an illustration of the Empire State Building on the top half, and the Brooklyn Bridge on the bottom half. The illustrations are set into a ornate frame (within the glass design), and have a patterned background surrounding them. This is a classic and ornate design, with the background pattern matches the shape of the floor tiles. The work is illuminated by natural light during the day, and LED at night, and is set into a hinged door to allow access to the window.
In my work I explore life, it's strengths, it's weakness, how these both are relative to one and other and how we are effected by difficult situations within our lives. This vessel is clearly fragile yet it stands and can carry its own weight against all the laws of gravity and balance.
We all have moments in our lives when we feel the balance of good and bad are weighted one heavier than the other I strive to show these balances in my work.
When this piece was made I wanted to show strength within and push the fragile form as a metaphor for how we push ourselves in life.
I was so pleased when it worked and stood quiet happily alone.
I'd like to also point out that the reflection is just as important as it is a mirror image of the piece (reversed) symbolising to me that we have to take the rough with the smooth, learn from them and grow.
Blown transparent glass and solid, hot worked & overlaid glass. Cut, polished, sand blasted, glued, assembled on polished black granite.
Mitigation is a term used in litigation to refer to circumstances, which balance and or reduce the severity of a crime. In this piece, the ascending, orange line represents the crime and the descending, yellow plane, mitigating circumstances that are in equal and opposite balance.
Kiln formed float glass with internal contoured bubble.
Happy feet-butterfly, balancing on clouds rather than walking on ground
Glass and Bronze sculpture 33cms h x 25 cms w. Part of 'The Colour of India' one man touring Exhibition supported by Arts Council Wales 2014/15. The work aims to portray the balance of faith, power and everyday life in modern India and results from travels in Uttah Pradesh.
Produced in 2014
I have an ongoing fixation with pattern and repetition, in my designs.
This piece is fused, using Bullseye glass with highlights of dichroic glass.
This hand-crafted mirror was inspired by the Deco era and is made in textured white stained glass using traditional copper foil technique but with the modern 'twist' of adding wire embellishments. The copper foil method dates from the late 1900s when the Tiffany Studios in the US introduced it to construct the world-famous lamps.
This panel explores the patterns that form in plant growth: the way that branches divide and multiply, and the part that symmetry (or more accurately, asymmetry) plays in this growth.
The colours for this panel were inspired by Matisse, whose paintings and cutouts balanced apparently bright and clashing colours to produce perfectly harmonious results.
This piece was made to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the birth of Robert Recorde, a mathematician who invented the equals sign.
The coins were individually cast from bottle glass in moulds made from impressions of coins from the period when Recorde was Controller of the Bristol Mint, the apothecary balance was bought from Bulgaria on eBay and the dishes were made in my studio kiln.
In Recorde's day, a coin's worth was equivalent to the value of the weight of the metal from which it was made, today, incredibly, we still carry coins in our pockets, but they are tokens , divorced from their actual value as objects. The coins in this work are effectively valueless as they are one-sided, made from glass, and can not be exchanged for goods or services.
Recorde, himself was a powerful and wealthy man who died in debtors prison unable to pay a fine levied because of a dispute about money with the Earl of Pembroke. The significance of an artist (literally) making money in this time of recession has not escaped me and I think Recorde might have enjoyed the irony.
This sculptural work in porcelain and cast glass aims to to embody the freedom and abandonment experienced on the dance floor. The porcelain and glass work together in portraying the sense of motion, grace and elegance. Symmetry in the glass form is in contrast with the asymmetrical porcelain balanced on its tip.
A compositional balance is struck between the highly coloured and textured lower LH corner of the platter and the undecorated upper RH corner.
'Sara's Butterfly Dance' is a memorial mosaic to Sara - the daughter of Alison Bakri, a friend of mine. Sara was a gifted ballet dancer. So the mosaic is supposed to represent – though hopefully in a subtle way – Sara in paradise. As Sara dances she conjures up butterflies – which swoop and fly around her.
It’s meant to be funny and uplifting – but when you know the story behind it – it’s poignant and a bit sad. It is doing a very good job in the LITU reception - I get lots of letters from patients and their families. I would very much like to make more mosaics for children’s hospitals like this one.
Work: Blown and manipulated glass
Dimensions: H. 84cm W. 80 cm D. 25cm
About this work: This glass sculpture is part of a group of pieces called Dance Series. Each sculpture makes bold interpretive correlations between shapes generated by dancers in dynamic motion and the stretched contours of the glass. The work aims to capture fleeting moments of movement and balance in the drama of performance.