CORNING, N.Y. (June 6, 2016) –  As Corning prepares to host the Glass Art Society this week, The Rockwell Museum is pleased to host glass artist Richard Parrish for a Gallery Talk and Q&A on Wednesday June 8.   Among the featured exhibition of his work, Parrish will talk about the continuation of his “mapping” series of American glass landscapes.  The Rockwell exhibition comprises newly kiln-formed glass panels created for their public debut in Corning.  Parrish will travel from his Montana studio and provide remarks during a gallery talk at The Rockwell on Wednesday, June 8 at 5:30 p.m. Parrish will be in the galleries for Q&A during a small reception until 7 p.m. This is event is free and open to the public. In order to ensure you have a space, advance reservations are highly recommended.

Gallery Talk Details At-a-Glance

  • Richard Parrish: Aerial Perspectives of the American Landscape
  • Gallery Talk
  • Wednesday, June 8, 2016
  • 5:30 – 6:00 p.m. – Gallery Talk by Glass Artist, Richard Parrish
  • 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. – Q&A and Reception
  • Free and open to the public; advance reservations highly recommended:

Exhibition Dates:  Now through June 19, 2016

Informed by aerial photography, the glass panels provide a birds-eye view of the landscape.  Fields, rivers, and crop irrigation patterns are presented in an altered spatial context, while being preserved as recognizable components of the composition. By manipulating the expected vantage point, Parrish controls our engagement with the subject matter and causes us to view the shifting topography of America from a different perspective. Parrish’s work serves as a continuation of the rich American landscape tradition.

“As an artist and an architect, I find inspiration in both the natural and the human-made environments.  My work investigates the intersections and collisions between the natural landscape and the human impositions on that landscape.  It is concerned with both physical and temporal conditions, rooted in the landscape of the intermountain west in the United States.”

“The thick panels are comprised of multiple layers of transparent and opaque glass and glass powders that are kiln-formed to create surface relief and texture.  The surfaces are ground and cold worked to expose layers in much the same way as the surface of the earth is eroded, graded and cut to expose materials below the surface.  The resultant panels evoke images of maps, topography and geology,” says Parrish.

About Richard Parrish
Richard Parrish is the owner of and designer for Fusio Studio, a studio for kiln-formed glass in Bozeman, Montana.   He holds a Master of Architecture degree from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho. His work was selected for the Corning Museum of Glass’s New Glass Review 27, and he was awarded the American Craft Council Award of Achievement in 2003.  He teaches classes in kiln-formed glass throughout the United States and internationally.

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