The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, together with Art Production Fund, is very happy to announce P3Studio artist-in-residence Brent Sommerhauser. Although glass encompasses us, its use as an art material comes with an air of mystery. Inside P3Studio, Sommerhauser will introduce visitors to kiln-formed glass, demonstrate the entire process of dealing with it and showcase the potential for this dynamic art-making material.
Visitors will have the chance to produce small ‘sketches‘ in glass by adding wealthy color mixtures of glass powder, glass strings along with other glass elements over Bullseye hand crafted glass tiles that Sommerhauser will fire in the Olympic glass kilns. The resulting tiles will be photographed and shared on his Instagram account @P3ArtGlass. Then, the tiles will be combined and contribute to a growing work that will be a record of those that participated, filling P3Studio with light, color and pattern.
Kiln-formed glass is produced by putting together and heating opalescent and transparent glass elements inside a kiln close to 1,500 F until it softens and fuses together into single sheet of glass that may have exceptional color definition, richness and saturation. As the actual design process can be very direct, the fusing process generally takes days to get fully recognized. Following the initial fusing, the glass could be further altered, layered and fused over and over before the preferred form and color is accomplished. Kiln-glass is particularly wealthy territory for artists since it includes a massive selection of working techniques including drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and much more. Although shapes and designs might be repeated, each kiln formed glass work is unique because the glass is hand crafted and proof of the operation is frequently visible within the final product.
Sommerhauser, a Vegas-based artist, received his Masters of Fine Art from Ohio State University and has since exhibited in group and solo displays over the United States and abroad. Particularly, his sculpture was incorporated within the 2004 Windsor Biennial and it was selected for New Glass Review 26, featuring innovative works in glass worldwide. He is a participant within the Telegraph Art Collective, which came from Detroit and processes like a running conversation, typically carried out at lengthy range. From time to time the audience materializes and collects in a single location to collaborate on projects and displays.
Although Sommerhauser?works in a number of art materials and process, he has over 20 years of experience in an array of glass-developing processes including glassblowing, casting, kiln forming, sculpture and vitreography. Additionally to their own glass work and teaching, he’s aided numerous artists realize their vision in glass through sculptural, architectural and public works. He lately came back from aiding with a special project in Murano, Italy, the fabled island within the Venetian Lagoon where glass has been created in excess of 700 years. He’s trained at Pilchuck Glass School, among the world’s very indepth centers for glass art education.
The artist-in-residence program in the Cosmopolitan of Vegas signifies one element of its bigger art program, by which artists create projects which are interactive and participatory, giving visitors the chance for connecting in an authentic and private level. Developed and curated together with Art Production Fund, a nonprofit organization devoted to creating ambitious public art projects, it aims to achieve new audiences and expand awareness through contemporary art.
August 12 ? September 13, 2015
Hours: Wednesday & Thursday | 5 ? 10PM; Friday ? Sunday | 6 – 11PM