Here There and Everywhere: Anticipating the Art for the Future
Place: Part IV   Psychological

Image: Ingalena Klenell

Glimmering Gone
Beth Lipman • USA
Ingalena Klenell • Sweden

According to the artists, “Glimmering Gone is a collaborative installation that uses landscape and artifacts to investigate our connection with nature and collective and personal memory. Glimmering Gone uses glass to encourage desire, allude to life’s transience and describe the unattainable.” Artists Klenell and Lipman have taught and lectured collaboratively in Italy, Sweden and the United States since 2001. Their collaboration has benefited each artist and their respective communities greatly, providing a deeper understanding of cultural similarities and differences and has led to new ways of thinking about creative processes and relationships. Now, for the first time in their professional relationship, the artists are joining together to create Glimmering Gone, an exhibition that asks Klenell and Lipman to walk into the unknown, take risks by relinquishing each individual’s primary working method and challenge the artists to connect despite geographical distance, cultural differences and time zones. The artists are working on their own and in each other’s studios as well as while co-residents at the Museum of Glass’s hot shop with three American and three Swedish glassblowers to fabricate the artifact portion of their project. According to the artists, “The exhibition will include a small room that has a vitrine filled with sculpted clear glass mementos such as a book, eyeglasses, bottle, brush, as well as other less recognizable objects. A larger room will hold a three dimensional landscape made of sculpted clear glass components that hang from the ceiling and rise up from the floor. The landscape will fill approximately half the room and visitors will walk on a boardwalk that meanders the length of the landscape. Light projections will play over an additional wall that will have imbedded glass artifacts. “The intangible results of this collaboration are as important as the exhibition. The exchange between American and Swedish artists and craftsmen will allow a greater understanding of the similarities and differences in each party’s respective creative practices. The exchange will act as a catalyst for new works of art and a broader understanding of each culture. New relationships will be forged leading to additional opportunities in each country.”

Exhibition Venue:
Museum of Glass • Tacoma, Washington, USA
August 2010—2011
The Museum of Glass, which opened six years ago, is located in Tacoma, Washington.
It has already attracted over one million visitors from around the world with its unusual modern architecture, live glassblowing demonstrations and intriguing exhibitions of contemporary glass.