Chihuly Invites Immersion, Consideration of Space

EYES IN Magazine Editor-in-Chief Vivian Van Dijk attended the latest exhibition at the Halcyon Gallery at Bond Street, 'Dale Chihuly: Beyond the Object' and is looking forward to an in-depth interview with the innovative artist for an upcoming edition of EYES IN Magazine. Vivian was impressed by his work and found especially the "inside of the glasswork like a painting, the layers so beautiful...."

Dale Chihuly: Beyond the Object sees the American artist respond to the interior architecture of the building – transforming the Halcyon Gallery New Bond Street space with his distinctive hand-blown glass sculptures.

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Dale Chihuly: Beyond the Object

Dale Chihuly image by Vivian Van Dijk (14)

Visitors walk beneath the 'Persian Pergola Ceiling,' an immersive canopy of color, form and light. It announces the Persian series focus in this exhibition that includes 'Persian Walls' and his new Persian Crescent artworks. This is the first time Chihuly has created a 'Persian Pergola Ceiling' for a gallery setting.

Dale Chihuly image by Vivian Van Dijk (22)

Other artworks on view include 'Fire Orange Baskets,' 'Macchia' and 'Drawings.'

The first artwork ever commissioned by Harrods, Chihuly's 'Amber and Gold Chandelier,' was unveiled in the new Grand Hall entrance on February 5, 2014. The 16 feet wide 'Chandelier' is made up of 1,400 hand-blown glass elements and includes a new diamond-esque 'Chandelier' piece, the 'Frond,' created for use in the artwork.

Dale Chihuly image by Vivian Van Dijk (1)

Furthering the encounter between artworks and space, three of the six new 'Chandeliers' created for this exhibition are suspended over ground installations. 'The Cranberry Spire Chandelier' and 'Amethyst Icicle Tower' create a striking negative space between their pointed forms, the 'Aero Blue Chandelier' entwines with 'Cerise Pink Reeds' and the 'Citron Chandelier' merges into 'Lime Green Fiori.'

'Dale Chihuly: Beyond the Object' is the first time the artist has displayed neon artworks in the UK. The 2013 'Sapphire Neon Tumbleweeds' represent Chihuly's continued interest in using neon in his artworks.

Dale Chihuly image by Vivian Van Dijk (6)

The new wall-mounted 'Fiori' artworks see the artist further his experimentation with form and color; each individual installation reflects a different combination. These are the latest and more minimalist expressions of Chihuly's 'Fiori' series, which first appeared as 'Mille Fiori' (Italian for a thousand flowers).

Of his London exhibition, Dale Chihuly said:

"I'm excited to have this new exhibition opening at Halcyon Gallery, which presents many new architectural installations. I've done a lot of shows around the world and increased the visibility of glass to the public - showing that a glass form is not just a functional vessel or a little bubble, but it can be many different things to many different people. I hope everyone enjoys the artwork."

Dale Chihuly image by Vivian Van Dijk (16)

Paul Green, President of Halcyon Gallery, said, "Dale Chihuly: Beyond the Object allows the viewer to immerse themselves in Chihuly's work like never before through a series of awe-inspiring installations. The exhibition shows new works representing the breadth and scope of the artist's vision over the last four decades. Chihuly's work is yet to be rivaled."

"What I've always really been interested in is space. Even when I made a single Cylinder or Macchia, my interest was always in space. I was thinking not of the object itself, but how the object would look in a room." ~Dale Chihuly

Dale Chihuly image by Vivian Van Dijk (3)

About Chihuly

Dale Chihuly is credited with revolutionizing the Studio Glass movement and elevating the perception of the glass medium for the realm of craft to fine art. He is renowned for his ambitious architectural installations around the world, in historic cities, museums and gardens. He has collaborated with the greatest American and Italian glass artists and has provided continued education for young artists, many of whom have become masters themselves. His vision has led to installations on a scale unmatched by any other glass artist.

Source: Halcyon Gallery
Photo credit: Vivian Van Dijk

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