Made in Germany III
Nadania Idriss Contemporary // New Glass Art & Photography is delighted to present Made in Germany III, the third instalment of the exhibition showcasing of some of Germany´s most established and emerging contemporary artists working with glass.
The first Made in Germany show debuted in May 2009 and was invited to show at The Works Festival of Art in Edmonton, Canada a month later. One year later, Made in Germany II opened alongside What´s Up in Halle, a perspective of the graduating class of the Burg Giebichenstein (University of Art and Design) in Halle, and part of the inauguration of Glass in Berlin, the collaboration of three galleries in Berlin representing artists working with glass. Soon afterwards, Made in Germany II was invited to exhibit at SOFA Chicago, one of the most prestigious art-fair venues for sculpture in the United States. The German Consul General of Chicago gave Made in Germany II a special reception during the event.
Made in Germany began with seven artists, and now Made in Germany III consists of nine. The artists chosen for Made in Germany III come from various regions in Germany and possess varied backgrounds. Many began their careers as painters or sculptors, until they came into contact with glass, and have taken the medium to various levels of interpretation. Catalog available.
Gerhard Ribka (b. 1955)
Gerhard Ribka studied chemistry in Würzburg and glass at the Royal College of Art in London. Today Ribka is one of Germany’s foremost artists working with glass and is a lecturer at the State College for Glass and Jewellery in Neugablonz. Ribka’s work, almost always figurative, espouse dark and often melancholy feelings. The subject matter in his early work was inspired by Christian iconography, an influence from his Catholic upbringing. His present work deals with time and memory. Ribka works with Pâte de Verre and various mixed media. His new, current series of vessels, which were made during a residency at Eisch Glass-Works in Frauenau, explore the graphic quality of printing, painting and engraving.
Ursula Huth (b. 1952)
The internationally renowned Ursula Huth´s work includes glass panels, paintings and three-dimensional sculpture. Her art espouses a serene and gentile quality. She is a painter at heart and uses glass as her canvas. Ursula studied at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste with Professor Hans Gottfried von Stockhausen and The Rhode Island School of Design with Dale Chihuly. There is a freshness imbued with life, particularly in her pâte-de-verre forms, which are as equally mysterious, as they refer to the exotic, as they are familiar with their recognizable forms.
Susanne Precht (b. 1960) & Ulrich Precht (b. 1956)The husband and wife team, Susanne and Ulrich Precht are one of the most important and successful artists working with glass from East Germany. The Precht family has a long tradition of glass manufacture in Lauscha, where Susanne and Ulrich continue the production. At the same time, they are together creating colourful and evocative three-dimensional sculptures and installations, and commissions for site specific works.
Gerd Sonntag (b. 1954)
Gerd Sonntag, originally a painter and sculptor from East Berlin, began using glass in 1998. His expressive, figurative sculpture, are a study and play with colour and light. Sonntag freely constructs his pieces in the same way he would put a brush to the canvas. He builds each panel, layer by layer, firing a single piece multiple times. Since the reunification of Germany, Sonntag has become one of the most celebrated artists internationally, with solo exhibitions in notable institutions, such as the Brooklyn Museum of Art. His works have been collected in public and private collections world-wide.
Julius Weiland (b. 1971)
Julius Weiland developed a distinctive way of working with glass using industrially made tubes that he fuses together in moulds or stacks, creating technically unexpected compositions that bring about questions of chaos and order, conflict and harmony. Weiland likes to play with light and reflection that is achieved through the repetition of the same basic shapes. The small tubes look inviting, while the raw edges render it equally discouraging. One of the secrets to Weiland´s technique is the ability to select the point in time to halt the fusing process in order to preserve the form of the individual tubes, yet create a distinctive expression in the surface. His pieces are meant to be displayed and viewed in a multitude of positions, above or below the spectator’s eye, or suspended in air, as the play between light and reflection remains in a constant state of flux and wonderment. Julius Weiland is quickly becoming one of Germany’s most celebrated emerging artists.
Jens Gussek (b. 1964)
Jens Gussek studied painting and glass at the Burg Giebichenstein in Halle between 1986 and 1992. Since graduating, he has become one of Germany´s leading artists working with glass. Gussek is currently Professor of Glass at the University of Applied Science in Koblenz. He also teaches regularly at the Summer Academy at Bildwerk in Frauenau, and was a Resident Artist at Wheaton Village in the United States. Gussek participated in important international shows on glass and painting. His work is part of major collections, including Landeskunstmuseum Moritzburg Halle; Musee du Verre, Sarspoteries, F; Kunstgewerbemuseum, Berlin; Glasmuseum Frauenau; Glasmuseum Ebeltoft, DK; Museum of American Glass, Millville, USA; Glasmuseum Lauscha; Kunstsammlungen der Feste Coburg, Coburg; Glasmuseum Immenhausen; Glasmuseum Frauenau; Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung, München. In 2006, Jens Gussek won one of the Coburg Glass Prizes.
Simone Fezer (b. 1976)
Born in the south of Germany, Simone Fezer learned glass making and sculpture through experience, one that has given her the opportunity to work with world-renowned artists. She has been an artist-in-residence and taught at international institutions, including Wheaton Village in the USA and Bildwerk in Frauenau, Germany. Simone Fezer has been in various group and solo shows, and featured in the 2008 International Glass Symposium in Novy Bor, Czech Republic. She was selected as runner up for the Jutta Cuny Franz Prize in 2003 and 2007 respectively. She has works of art in museums and private collections, including the Glass Museum in Frauenau, The Glass Garden in Frauenau, the Alexander-Tutsek Foundation in Munich and the Glass Museum in Ebeltoft, Denmark. Simone Fezer – focusing on installation, glass and mixed media sculpture - currently lives and works in the Black Forest area of Germany.
Sebastian Richter (b. 1978)
Sebastian Richter studied painting and glass at the Burg Giebichenstein in Halle under the direction of Jens Gussek. Richter is quickly immerging as a know artist working with glass. He was featured in the 2008 European Glass Context in Bornholm, Denmark. His work is on permanent display at the Kunstsammlungen der Feste Coburg, Germany.