Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Clearly One to Be Seen

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Clearly One to Be Seen

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An exploration of work in glass by British artists is the tagline for a new exhibition at National Glass Centre in Sunderland.

Clarity, which will run until the autumn, presents the work of six of the UK's leading artists: Matt Durran, Jerome Harrington, Helen Maurer, Richard William Wheater, Emma Wof-Woffenden and Jeff Zimmer who all create work using glass, but perhaps not always in the traditional sense of the medium.

While creativity, craftsmanship, expression and experimentation have always been fundamental qualities embraced by artists working in glass, the way they are deployed has changed significantly over the last 20 years.

In Clarity, the stereotypical beautiful object on a plinth will give way to works that may use glass as part of a process working towards a piece that does not include the physical object.

That said, Matt Durran will present work in a traditional 'objects on plinths' manner, but all may not be quite as it seems. Jerome Harrington explores glass myth and the production process without displaying glass itself; Helen Maurer challenges our established values and views by exploring process, distortion, light and movement; Richard William Wheater presents the beauty of the electric pylon; Emma Woffenden's work brings together many aspects of humanity; and Jeff Zimmer presents his highly contemporary work in a traditional setting. …

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