Robert Carlson’s Got New Glass

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From his glass imagination, Robert Carlson has created a new series of blown artwork. These pieces are delicately sown with vaporous hues and streaked with air pockets locked in time. Closest to a vase, they are signature art forms that glow in their own empty spaces.

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Robert Carlson’s Glass Mind

BobCarlson-15Robert Carlson is an internationally-renowned glass artist and a master not in disguise.  Bob lives his life as an artist, from his work to his art collections and the uniqueness of his home, to the way he parties and likes his martinis.  I had the opportunity to photograph Bob while he was an artist-in-residence at the Museum of Glass Hot Shop in Tacoma, Washington, where he came up with and devised his newest creations from an imagination wild. Bob is pictured up, sketching his latest invention, pulling from depths of his mind something real.

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BobCarlson-448On-hand apprentices assisted Bob throughout the week-long residency. Typically, after the glass is blown and cooled, he’ll spends months with the pieces, studying their forms and subtle messages found within shapes and processes.  Next he employs a reverse-painting technique using mirrors to create the imagery. These will appear on the back side of the glass structures, which take on a whole new dimension while viewing through the various refractions of glass.

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BobCarlsonVert-044-EditHowever, after observing the unusual orbs and their phalangeal crystals, Bob decided otherwise and kept the mirrors on their walls and the pigments in their cans. The work was completely new and glorious in their own form. They are both animalistic and alien. They explore the connection of sexuality and misplaced possession. The glass art can be placed on one side and quickly flipped to be placed on a new set of legs, changing the viewers understanding of what is and what can be. These pieces are works of a genius, derived from a life undisguised from beauty itself.

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Photo of the Day: Robert Carlson’s Glass-Blown Imagination

 

Internationally-renowned glass artist Robert Carlson recently spent one week as the Artist-in-Residence at Tacoma, Washington’s Museum of Glass Hot Shop.  Here, he worked with the shop’s artists and interns to create the next line of imagination: 10+ orbs of glass weighing from 5 – 25lbs, each unique with twisting sculpted tentacles and bulbous knobs and hooks.  They now await to be adorned with color.

Location: Carlson Studio

Camera/Lens Specifics: Canon 5D Mark III with Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens

100mm, 1/50 sec at ƒ/22, ISO 100, tripod.

Post: Adobe LR4 & PS6

Photo of the Day: Robert Carlson Paintin’ Glass

Renowned glass artist, Robert Carlson painting in his studio.  What exactly is he painting?

Location: Carlson Studio

Camera/Lens Specifics: Canon 5D Mark III with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens

16mm composite, 1/8 sec at ƒ/20, ISO 100, tripod.

Post: Adobe LR4 & PS6