Zane Bennett Contemporary Art is pleased to present three solo shows running concurrently: Matthew Mullins large scale watercolors of spaces that are associated with human endeavor and curiosity, Mary Shaffer’s glass sculpture capturing the essence of light, and Tony Soulie’s mixed media photographs of American cities. The shows open on Friday, May 25, 2012 and continue through June 22, 2012. The opening reception is on Friday, May 25 at the gallery, 435 South Guadalupe Street, across from the rail station, from 5:00-7:00 pm to coincide with the Railyard Arts District Last Friday Art Walk. The artists will be in attendance.
ABOUT – MARY SHAFFER
Mary Shaffer’s fascination with light is the most enduring of all her concerns. She first began making glass sculpture in the early 1970s in order to capture the look of light coming through paned windows or the wavy surface of curtains. The Light-Catcher series conveys the appearance of undulating light. The glass sculptures are supported by solid metal symbols on which glass panels balance, often on edge and away from the wall. Light is caught in the bowl of the glass and moves through it, creating patterns on the wall. At times the physical matter almost disappears, leaving only the cast shadows. Shaffer says, “I like the essence of things.”
Mary Shaffer is recognized as one of the founding artists of the American Studio Glass Movement. She studied painting at the Rhode Island School of Design in the 1960s. In the 1970s, she developed a unique technique adapted from the auto industry, which she calls “mid-air slumping.” It allows her to use gravity to soften plate glass into a form, which she often combines with metal tools. Her sculptures range in scale from small objects to room-size installations and public works. She creates pieces from slumped glass, bronze, found objects, stone, light, fire, fiber-optics, sound, and performance. Her work has been exhibited throughout the globe and has received many honors. Her works can found in such esteemed collections as The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution (Washington, D.C.), Museum of Decorative Arts (Lausanne), Stadt Museum (Berlin), U.S. Chancellery (La Paz), and Rhode Island School of Design Museum (Providence).