Martin Blank has admired the grace and flow of the human form since childhood, having begun digging into clay at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts at age 13. In 1984, Martin earned a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and moved west to begin his professional career in Seattle. Working at the epicenter .....
Martin Blank has admired the grace and flow of the human form since childhood, having begun digging into clay at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts at age 13. In 1984, Martin earned a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and moved west to begin his professional career in Seattle. Working at the epicenter for studio glass, Martin learned from the driving force behind it; Mr. Dale Chihuly. He worked on the Chihuly team, bringing his infectious enthusiasm and courageous desire to push the material of glass to its limit for several years, all the while establishing his own contributions to the glass movement. Blank’s early figurative work swiftly solidified his place as a premier figurative sculptor working in glass. He then expanded his contributions to the contemporary glass scene in 2001 when he introduced his sensual and fluid abstract landscapes. Says Blank, “I am an intuitive artist. I work on the way forms relate to each other to cut a line in space that flows, turns and carries the eye around the piece. The forms reveal a negative space that is as vital and potent as the actual objects. My sculptural work is as much about the void as the mass.” Martin Blank’s work is about carving space. From the commanding musculature of a male torso, to the sensuous curve of a vibrant scarlet abstract element, to the placid elegance of monumental glass trees, his creations evoke a direct connection to natural forms. Over the years he has created multiple installations in prestigious corporate lobbies and continues to provide impressive public art installations, one of which Repose in Amber, can be viewed in the Karl S. and Ella L. Bolander Gallery of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. Among the museum’s growing collection of glass art, this is the largest installation to date. In further news, Current was provided with a new home after being re-installed in the Tacoma Art Museum during the third week of December, 2018.
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The artists in this exhibition are sharing their work from around the world.