Schantz Galleries opens an exhibition of cast glass from Sweden by Bertil Vallien

Schantz Galleries opens an exhibition of cast glass from Sweden by Bertil Vallien

Bertil Vallien is known for his exploration of dualities—past/future, interior/exterior, light/dark, life/death, hot/cold, soft/hard. In his intricately layered cast glass sculptures, surfaces oscillate between transparent polish and distorting grittiness (another duality) to provide multiple visual avenues of entry. Storytelling is fundamental; it begins with the form and finish of the work but develops within the glass body, characters and symbols hovering in suspended animation. Much of Vallien’s approach to construction and content does indeed reinforce a focus on dichotomy, but the work embodies a complex spectrum of elements that make it not so much a binary experience but a pluralistic story about the world we live in. WAYPOINTS, the title that Bertil Vallien chose for this exhibition at Schantz Galleries, offers insight into messages
Bertil Vallien is known for his exploration of dualities—past/future, interior/exterior, light/dark, life/death, hot/cold, soft/hard. In his intricately layered cast glass sculptures, surfaces oscillate between transparent polish and distorting grittiness (another duality) to provide multiple visual avenues of entry. Storytelling is fundamental; it begins with the form and finish of the work but develops within the glass body, characters and symbols hovering in suspended animation. Much of Vallien’s approach to construction and content does indeed reinforce a focus on dichotomy, but the work embodies a complex spectrum of elements that make it not so much a binary experience but a pluralistic story about the world we live in. WAYPOINTS, the title that Bertil Vallien chose for this exhibition at Schantz Galleries, offers insight into messages