An underwater forest of luminous jellyfish made from glass, a ”glass-mation” film starring a marine biologist tending an undersea hospital and a collection of natural history displaying non-existent species… With OCEAN – A Look at Marine Life through Glass Glasmuseet Ebeltoft sets the scene for a unique experience, with an extensive exhibition and coherent programme of events.
Glass has many similarities to water –it is transparent, reflects light and intensifies colours like no other material. However artists working with glass aim to do more than just impress and seduce their audience with their work. They also set out to touch visitors and inspire them to critically discuss and reflect upon the issues, they present.
In the exhibition 12 international artists have found inspiration in the manifold of marine life, myths of the ocean and its compelling nature, but also in aspects such as the environment and how we use the ocean.
One of the most spectacular works in the show is the Italian artist, Maria Grazia Rosin’s large installation, which was shown in an earlier version at the 2009 Venice Biennale. It consists of a series of individually blown and hot worked “jellyfish” in glass suspended from the ceiling with LED lights, sound and video projection. Installed in the museum’s six metre high, darkened exhibition space Rosin will create a fascinating and bewildering experience in which creatures from the Primordial Ocean meet with the starry nebulae of the Universe.
In addition to this installation, works made by artists from the US, Australia, Germany, The Netherlands, Slovakia, Japan and Denmark are represented, all of which primarily express themselves in glass but several of which are also including other materials such as video and sound.