PRESS RELEASE – for immediate release 1.16.2013
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SUSAN TAYLOR GLASGOW – Couture du Verre
February 9 – March 2, 2013
OPENING RECEPTION FOR THE ARTIST: Saturday, 2/9/2013 4-6pm
New York, January, 2013 - Heller Gallery is pleased to present Couture du Verre, a solo exhibition of new work by artist Susan Taylor Glasgow. The exhibition will open on Saturday, February, 9, 2013, 4-6pm and run through March 2, 2013. It is scheduled to coincide with New York’s Fashion Week.
With a sensibility not unlike one taken from a hypothetical prequel of Mad Men and her tongue firmly in-cheek, Susan Taylor Glasgow re-examines the utopian concept of ‘domestic bliss,’ in the 1950’s United States through the lens of 21st century feminism. Her work comments on history as much as on today’s nostalgia for a flawed but fetishized past. Her sculptures are three-dimensional glass collages. They are often embedded with advertising text and imagery appropriated from magazines, movies and media-related memorabilia, which broadcast the domestic standards of the time.
Glasgow started her creative career as an independent clothing designer and seamstress, before delving deeper into work with slumped glass and rendering her line only ‘slightly-ready-to-wear.’ With her latest series she re-visits her roots. The first iteration of Couture du Verre’s centerpiece, Chandelier Dress II, was created for an actual fashion show. It was organized as the closing party of the Glass Art Society’s annual conference in Toledo, OH in June of 2012.
The artist says of her glass fashion: ‘I have always seen a similarity between glass and fabric. I am attracted to the fluid nature and transparency of both materials. I work with glass in the same way I would with fabric. Imagining how the glass will drape and flatter the form, I select color, components, and sometimes text, to create a mood or narrative. I enjoy incorporating feminine ideals and skills to a material that is hard and unyielding, yet seductive at the same time.’
Born in Superior, Wisconsin, Susan Taylor Glasgow grew up in Duluth, Minnesota. She graduated from the University of Iowa with a BFA in Design. Her sculptures are included in the collections of the Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR, the Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung Foundation, Münich, Germany, the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburg, PA, the Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA and the Museum of American Glass, Millville, NJ. Susan Taylor Glasgow lives and works in Columbia, Missouri.
Couture Du Verre