Fusion: Glass and Bronze
MARIANNE WEIL's new work in glass and bronze explores the margins of material and space with compelling and persuasive use of transparency with the solidity of metal. The consequence of blown glass into cast bronze creates a primal tension, one which transcends great density to one of lightness. Support for this project was provided by a PSC-CUNY Award, jointly funded by The Professional Staff Congress and The City University of New York.
The Neolithic cairns, steles and slabs she studied in France, Portugal and Spain inspired Ms. Weil’s early bronze sculpture. Now she has extracted the spirals, grids and punctured outlined shapes embedded in those haunting pieces and placed them in organically shaped vessels of golden-hued blown glass. Several works hold a piece of industrial copper bent into a spiral, a primordial symbol of nature and a repeated motif in Ms. Weil’s sculpture. Here the human-made detritus of contemporary life is effectively suspended like an embryo in light, much as amber seals prehistoric remains. The viewer’s reflection in glass completes the metaphor.
In 2011, Marianne was the US representative to the International Sculpture Symposium at the Kirsten Kjærs Museum in Frøstrup, Denmark where she cast bronze components for her recent work. Her copper and bronze constructions are both encased in blown glass and reciprocally function as chambers for blown works. Surfaces are etched with a combination of sand, copper and powder pigments.
Internationally recognized for her sculpture, Marianne is the recipient of numerous awards and grants and represented in many public and private collections in the U.S. and abroad. She is Assistant Professor of sculpture at the City University of New York, College of Staten Island. A catalogue of the work presented in this exhibit is available with an introduction by John Goodrich. This is the artist’s fifth exhibition with the Gallery.