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SculpturePainting & DrawingFiber and Paper

Glenn Abel

Artist's Statement  ::

I have always had a fascination with stained glass windows, especially those by Louis Comfort Tiffany. My early attempts at producing stained glass windows proved disappointing. I never liked the dark outline/coloring book feeling created by the leading. While studying industrial design at Pratt Institute, I was fortunate have seen a piece of fused glass (a process of bonding glass elements together using high heat) in a museum and developed an independent study class to investigate the process. After graduation, I entered into business as a graphic/industrial design consultant, but fusing glass always called to me. On two separate occasions, I tried to switch to fusing glass as a full time endeavor, but for various reasons could not. Several years ago, I took a class with a well known fusing glass artist. That experience lit a fire that propelled me to pursue fusing glass with total abandon.

Given my professional design background, my pieces are usually graphic in content and composition. Although my work primarily encompasses landscape and figurative imagery, I am always pursuing new ideas, techniques and visual concepts. The process of investigating how to produce a design is what I enjoy the most in glass. If I try to force a design and the glass, having a mind of its own, will not give me the results I am looking for. The pieces that are representational are especially difficult, but also the most visually rewarding.

Pieces by Glenn Abel:

* Some of these artworks may not be for sale.

Biography  ::


2005              Instructor, Fused and Cast Glass, New Delhi Glass School, India
                      Invitational Glass Show, Prism Contemporary Glass, Chicago, IL
                      Where Thereís SmokeÖ, Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, Boone, NC
                      X-posed, Somerhill Gallery, Chappel Hill, NC
                      Burgeoning Spring, salon show, Windham Fine Arts Gallery, Windham, NY
                      Fine Arts Forum, Metropolitan Pavilion, NYC
                      Altogether Different, Windham Fine Arts Gallery, Windham, NY
2004              Artists of Urban Glass, Robert Lehman Gallery, NYC
                      Mold making class with Lucartha Kohler at Urban Glass
                      Urban Glass 27th Anniversary Auction and Ball, juried submission
                      Patientís art show, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, NYC
2003              Artists of Urban Glass, Robert Lehman Gallery, NYC
                      Glass Now 2003, National Liberty Museum, Philadelphia, PA
                      Elements: Earth, Air, Fire, Water, Catskill Mountain Foundation, Hunter , NY Guest Artist,
                       New York Figurative Expressive Works, NYC
                      Windham Fine Arts Gallery, Windham, NY
2002              The Coffey Gallery, Kingston, NY
                      Windham Fine Arts Gallery, Windham, NY
                      Dorsky Museum of Art, New Platz, NY, Hudson Valley Artists 2002, juried show
                      Urban Glass 25th Anniversary Auction and Ball, juried submission
2001              Robert Lehman Gallery, show to benefit Urban Glass
1998              Glass fusing class with Dorothy Hafner at Urban Glass
1979              Assistant to Maurice Heatonís summer workshop with full scholarship *
1978              Summer workshop in fusing glass with Maurice Heaton, Wilmington, CT
1976 to Present Founded Glenn L. Abel Design Consultants a graphic and industrial design firm
                      specializing in promotional graphics, architectural signage, and specialized environments
1973              Independently studied glass fusing with Sidney Cash, NYC
1970              Co-Founder HandWrought, Inc., Brooklyn, NY a cooperative crafts store for local craftspeople
1968 - 69       First independent study class created at Pratt Institute Co-Authors: Glenn Abel and Judy
                      Reiss, Jewelry Instructor, Education Dept.  Course: Fused glass
1965 - 69       Bachelor of Industrial Design, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

* To increase the level of detail in my fused pieces, I was investigating etching glass with hydrofluoric acid during the workshop with Mr. Heaton. Although I had taken proper precautions, due to a defective glove, I was burned by the acid. The local hospital never having experienced a burn with this material treated it incorrectly. Luckily, a nurse attending the class recognized that I was be improperly treated and contacted the Burn Center at Jacobi Hospital in the Bronx. The doctors had determined that the acid had not been neutralized and that within another 24 hours it would have entered my blood stream, ultimately resulting in my death. I was incapacitated for 1.5 years, requiring five operations to the thumb of my right hand. It took another five years for me to get my professional business running again.

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