From left to right; Tevita Havea, Brenden Scott French and Masahiro Asaka (with their respective work above)
Last Monday saw three drop-dead gorgeous blokes get together to discuss their not-too-distant exhibition Hunks of Glass, which will open in concert with the Ausglass conference in Canberra, January 2008. The show – the curator’s pick of the spunkiest men in glass – casts the odd nasturtium on the cult of celebrity and the devolution of glass into an art of self promotion; the great irony here being, of course, that the three selected chaps are all inordinately modest, unsparingly diligent and thoroughly dedicated to the craft. Their respective work is wonderfully individual. That they’re easy on the eye is just an added bonus.
In other correlating news, Tevita returned last week from the Glass Weekend 07 at WeatonArts, NJ, USA, where he sold all of his pieces, one of which was aquired by the Corning Museum of Glass. This week he started a residency at the Sydney College of the Arts, where he’ll be making work for a number of exhibitions including SOFA Chicago, and Collect at the V&A in January. His practice will also be featured in the upcoming edition of the Craft Arts International magazine.
Brenden, who was awarded this year’s Stephen Procter Fellowship, has just returned from his residency at Northlands, Scotland, and will spend the next 6 weeks at the ANU School of Art Glass Workshop making a new body of work, conducting workshops and regaling the students with tales of his European sojourn. He has a solo exhibition coming up at the Canberra Glassworks, sometime around October. We’ll do a spread on Brenden’s northern odyssey soon….
Masa is currently on the home stretch of his Masters of Visual Art degree (here at the ANU School of Art), but nonetheless managed the time to travel to Adelaide recently to give cold-working classes at both the Jam and University of South Australia. In his spare time(!) he has been hard at it setting up the cold shop at the Canberra Glassworks and cold-working for seemingly everyman and his glass dog*. Masa’s Masters work will be shown at the ANU School of Art Gallery during the Graduate Exhibition season early next year.
[*That’s the down-side of superlative skill – everybody wants a piece of you. And Masa, of course, is much to polite to say no. Hopefully everybody will back off a tad and allow him ample time and space to concentrate on his own work in the lead up to his examination….n(Ed)]