Renowned Glass Artist Michael Taylor: Particles
Opens at Alfstad& Contemporary
Kickoff Event of the 2016 Art Glass Weekend, Sarasota, Florida
Opening Night Reception: Jan 28, 2016 | Thursday, 5:30-8:00pm
Exhibition Dates: Jan 29 – Feb 26 | Tues-Sat, 11-5pm
Alfstad& Contemporary presents Particles: Something Out of Nothing, the first solo show in Sarasota for the acclaimed glass artist, Michael Taylor. Recognized by his peers in the world of glass as one of the most innovative artists and educators at work today, Michael Taylor is renowned for his unique geometric fused-glass sculptures.
Open to the public, Michael Taylor’s exhibition kicks off the 2nd Annual Art Glass Weekend in Sarasota. His distinctive work features 10 new cold-cut pieces, along with 5 formerly displayed works, and 10 digital prints created in collaboration with Alfstad& Contemporary. The Opening Night Reception for Particles: Something Out of Nothing – with the artist in attendance – is Thursday evening, January 28 and the exhibition runs through February 26.
As a pioneer of glass art, Taylor was instrumental in moving glass beyond craft to become a true means of artistic expression. He integrated colored blocks of cast glass together to produce complex, interlocking geometric variations, the "cold-glass" technique. His sculptural pieces distribute rays of light to create colorful plays and subtle nuances of refractions and reflections.
“Last year, American Art Collector magazine named Sarasota as the “new art glass mecca,” and Michael Taylor’s show at Alfstad& Contemporary and the Art Glass Weekend in Sarasota confirm that title,” says Sam Alfstad. “Anyone visiting Michael’s exhibition will be mesmerized by the intricate detail and deep, rich colors of His work. His creations are not merely great glass art – his work is art of the highest quality, rivaling contemporary bronze and oil works in its striking beauty and relevance to modern life.”
The 2nd Annual Art Glass Weekend in Sarasota, a collaboration of Longboat Key Center for the Arts, a division of Ringling College, and Habatat Galleries of Michigan, is designed to excite seasoned collectors as well as anyone who enjoys the medium of glass. The weekend highlight is “Masterworks: An International Glass Auction” on Friday, Jan 29, as well as tours of art collectors’ homes, glass artists talks and gallery visits in Sarasota and St. Petersburg.