Exhibitions

Come Together: A Dialogue Betwen the Region's Glass Centers
On view March 8 through March 29, 2014
 
Glass Axis welcome artists from Superior Hot Glass, Gathered Art Gallery & Studios, Michigan Hot Glass, Braze, Pittsburgh Glass Center, and Glass Axis. People of Cleveland, Toledo, Detroit, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, and Columbus have all seen a revitalization within their cities for over a decade now, and the Glass Centers have become more and more vital to the city’s arts, local culture, community partnership, and education.
 

 

 

  

 

Imaginary Toys: A Glass Axis Juried Exhibition
On View: December 5, 2013 - February 27, 2014
 
In the spirit of the Holiday Season and the joyous feeling children get when they see the sparkle of a new toy, the year-end Glass Axis exhibit plays with the concept of imagination: playing, creating, learning and visualizing. Toys have always been an important part of being human, whether using found objects from nature or the elaborate technological toys of today. Some toys have been an important part of growing up for centuries. Archeological sites of all the major civilizations have revealed a variety of toys that children even now continue to enjoy, such as dolls, animals, whistles and even yo-yos. Of course, there are games that historians have discovered in all societies, which not only help to develop formal interactions between individuals, but also to explore expression and imagination. Today, we know the importance of toys for children in learning both physical and mental skills. Infant toys often focus on bright colors, recognition of shapes, sounds and different textures. Toys as a means for social development have led to conversations about questions of gender, cultural roles, age appropriate subjects, and even violent imagery. Philosophers and social critics discuss issues of ethical and cultural narratives, regarding how children are taught to adapt to what a society designates as appropriate interaction and belief systems.
 
 
 
 
Glass, Color and Light: A Glass Axis Member Exhibition
On exhibit at Dublin Arts Council June 20 through August 2, and at Glass Axis August 15 through November 7.
DAC and Best in Show Announcement: Tuesday, June 18 from 6 to 8pm
Artists Reception at Glass Axis: Thursday, September 5 from 6 to 8pm
 
Glass, Color and Light features a diverse selection of artwork from the best artists working in glass from around central Ohio. A true testament to the creative colorful spirit thriving in our community of glass artists, the exhibition showcases over 30 Glass Axis artists with work ranging from lighted pieces to jewelry, from experimental kiln work to traditional blown glass.
 
 
 
 
Still: Nate Ricciuto
On view June 20 - August 2
Opening reception: June 20th, 6 to 8pm
 
Taking the idea of transformation as both a theme and an approach to making, my work examines the relationship between permanence and change. I utilize process, material and time in creating objects, environments and experiences that look for ways to extract something useful from what is ordinary and mundane. I am also interested in looking for the by-products of this process, or what remains. Through abstracting everyday objects I attempt to challenge the usual way that our surroundings are perceived, and possibly reveal something new about our relationship to the larger world. A focal point of my work is exploring the cultural, historical and technological implications of glass, existing both as functional objects and architectural material. Whether peering through a window, switching on a light bulb, or simply drinking liquid from a cup, we are participating in an exchange that, in some way, transforms our experience.
 
 
 
 
 
Renee Stanko: 
We're Hear, They're Their
On view April 25 - June 14, 2013

Opening Reception: April 25, 6 to 8pm
Light refreshments will be served
 
Renee Stanko’s work explores the crossroads where written text and identity meet. Her work confronts the viewer with layered text made of glass, paper, fabric and other everyday materials, an onslaught of written words so similar to the constant visual chatter of email, text, social networking, etc. The plasticity of the material reflects the flexible (mis)interpretation of segmented text and begs us to question how the new use of written language situates our identity in the real world and what that world is.  
Artist Statement
My art practice is inspired by the intricacies of learning new languages and the experience of living within a culturally divided state. Three years ago I moved to Bolzano in the Italian Alps to study glass at a small vocational school.  Out of the fifteen international students who attended the school, few spoke the same language.  A new language was created between us, a mix of what we were learning from our Italian teachers and each other. Beyond our school, the region that surrounded us experiences its own linguistic struggle. Formerly part of Austria and now Italy, citizens are confronted with the identity politics and psychology of language and are often given a choice of how to identify.  

I am interested in the linguistic, cultural and psychological processes an individual uses to absorb written information. With the advent of texting and social media, current society has become even more dependent on the written word. My artwork focuses on the roles words play between individuals and groups. Layering text on objects and in space gives text forms a special new gravity. I search to develop spaces where words are tangible. I draw inspiration from artists like Xu Bing, who aim to define the function and power behind words in society by creating environments where the viewer is physically enveloped in language. 

I choose to work with glass, paper, fabric, and plastic because of their relationship to the human experience. Much like language, they are intrinsically connected to our development. Everyone uses these materials. Yet while they are so common, they have an ability to adapt and change to different purposes. Much like language they are flexible enough to withstand our ever-changing world.

About Renee Stanko
Born outside Chicago, Illinois in 1989, Renee Stanko grew up being inspired by the occasional trips downtown and the incredible cultural diversity there. Her family fostered her love for the arts by taking her to the many artistic institutions. She was encouraged to draw and follow an artistic career by her Uncle, Charles Gneich, a practicing artist himself.

Stanko first started working with glass as an intern at Glass Axis in the summer of 2007. Indefinitely enamored with the versatility of the material, she eventually began to study glass at the Ohio State University. Inspired by working with artists such as Kami Westhoff whose sculpture involved both kiln and hot glass elements, she looked to further her knowledge in kiln processes. 

Once accepted to Vetroricerca Biennial Program in 2010, Stanko was exposed to alternative kiln processes. Immersed in a varied curriculum, she learned techniques from kiln-casting to slumping, fusing, and stained glass. Her experiences in casting thin pieces inspired her to think of cast glass in a different manner. Her experiences in interacting with the community of Bolzano, Italy influenced the content of her work.
 
While studying at Vetroricerca, Stanko completed an internship at the artists’ studio of Aurelie Abadie and Samuel Sauques. Presented with new wax-working techniques, she experimented with repeating words as small sculptural components. Stanko was also instructed on more effective polishing practices, inspiring her to use high-polish finish in a focused manner. 
Returning now to Ohio, Stanko has had the pleasure of working for local establishments such as Glass Axis and Crystal Remembrance. Renee has finished her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree and will be graduating this May from Ohio State University. She currently serves as the Chair of the Facilities Committee of the Glass Axis Board of Trustees, and is excited to exhibit her artwork in the place where it all started.
 
Thanks
“I would like to acknowledge all of those individuals who have had a part in the creation of this work. Whether or not I have thanked you in person, your partnership in this process has meant the world to me. Special thanks to my family, who has been patient and supportive the entire way, allowing me to take risks and not rolling their eyes, too much. Lastly, I would like to thank Glass Axis and the amazing people involved. You have given me every opportunity to grow as an artist.”

 

 

 

Rod Sounik: The Fidelity Collection

January 31 through April 13, 2013

Artist Reception: Thursday, February 21, 6 to 8pm 
Light refreshments and music from Sounik's collection 
 
This exhibition brings together a collection of art works and artifacts, new and old, as a testament to Rod Sounik’s undeniable fidelity; a fidelity apparent in his exacting color application, in his loyalty to the media and to his community shown in the work he collects, and in his obsessive gathering of flea market glass, high-fidelity music recordings, and other charmed nostalgia. This collection spans over 25 years, showcasing his work over a quarter century as well as artwork and other collectibles that inspire and inform Sounik’s practice. Hidden in the subtext of the exhibition is an enchanting story of the Columbus glass scene in the late 80s and 90s.
 
 
 
Start: Stop: Start

October 11, 2012 through January 3, 2013

Our fascination with doomsday has entertained and plagued our collective consciousness since the beginning of observable history, and with the end times fantasy comes our inevitable obsession with the new times, the beginnings, the survivors.  In the past decade, anticipation has grown as a 5,125 year long section of the Mesoamerican Long Count Calendar—a.k.a. the Mayan Calendar—ticks down its own minutes to midnight.  The date, December 21st, 2012, has generated its own mythos of speculation: theories of rogue planets and geomagnetic reversals abound in the fanatic fringe, and mainstream culture has churned out countless examples of doomsday-centric media including Hollywood blockbusters, critically acclaimed T.V. shows, websites, books, Discovery Channel documentaries, Youtube videos, you name it. We may not all believe it, but we like it. We are a species infatuated with ideas of the end and of the beginning. It is as if the opportunity for apocalyptic renewal enables our imagination to endure our inevitable death.

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What's in a Goblet

June 21 through Septemeber 27, 2012

In celebration of our city’s Bicentennial and the 50th anniversary of the Toledo Studio Glass Movement, Glass Axis presents What’s in a Goblet, an exhibition exploring contemporary goblet making in Ohio. Throughout the exhibition Glass Axis will host a variety of events showcasing locally produced wine and mead, expanding on the inevitable link between the drinking vessel and its contents. This connection will be further elaborated upon in a full color catalog. 
 
Best of Show will be announced at the awards ceremony and opening reception to be held at Glass Axis, on Thursday, June 21st from 5 to 7 pm, with an after-party at Brothers Drake Meadery just east of the studio. During the reception artists will be in attendance and visitors can sample wine and mead from local producers who will be on hand to talk about the process and history of their craft.
 
What’s in a Goblet is juried by Jeff Mack, of the Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion, and Jen Burton & Collin Castore of Barrel and Bottle in the North Market. Artworks are selected based on three criteria: innovation, craft, and function. 
 
The What's in a Goblet catalog will be relased at the Closing Reception on Thursday September 27th, from 5 to 7pm. Artists and wine and mead makers will return for the celebration. Camelot Cellars, in the Short North, will be hosting the after party at 7:00pm. 
 
 
 
 
Kami Westhoff: The First
 
February 1 through June 8, 2012
 
Artist Reception: Thursday, May 24 | 5 to 7pm 
 
Kami Westhoff’s latest exhibition christens the newly renovated Kennedy Galleries at Glass Axis

View the first exhibition in our newly renovated galleries, where our focus has expanded to include both a culturally-rich curatorial gallery and a beautifully-eclectic gift shop. Experience the wonder and whimsy of Kami’s work: her youthful curiosity and spot-on intuition collide to create the playful yet perfect balance of form and color, light and mass, transparency and reflection. Join us for The First.