Feature Articles

March 2014

The Bender Gallery in Asheville, NC, Features Works by Kerrick Johnson

The Bender Gallery in Asheville, NC, will present the Affinity Series, featuring works by Chattanooga, TN, based glass artist, Kerrick Johnson, on view from Mar. 1 through Apr. 30, 2014.

For this series, Johnson first blows the glass into graceful, spherical and elliptical forms. Interestingly, he is color blind and prefers to work with vibrant hues and in high contrast in order to aid in visibility. The artist then expertly carves the classically modern hollow forms, exposing the interior of the pieces and creating detail and interest on the exterior surface.

Johnson states, “Glass has an honest beauty. It has a transparency that carelessly reveals itself to everyone. Glass allows light to enter through its surface and to exit revealing its true structure.” According to the artist, glass can do anything. “It can create optics, distort vision, become tactile, be rough and sandy or very shiny”.

Form and shape predominate Johnson’s work even more than his vivid use of color and contrast. Each of the pieces in his “Affinity Series” exhibit a sense of spontaneous gravitation whether it be to a central core or to other objects in a grouping. The precise patterns on the surface are inspired by the piece’s color and are often carved into areas that will reveal the most optics and have the highest visual impact.

For further information check our NC Commercial Gallery listings, call the gallery at 828/505-8341 or visit (www.bendergallery.com).


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