Every year, Pierini Verre Contemporain offers the opportunity to meet and see working in Biot, alongside Antoine Pierini, artists who count on the art glass international scene. In 2019, Pierini Verre Contemporain is very proud to welcome on the Côte d’Azur three essential figures in the glass world :
– Mathieu Grodet (France / Canada), from July 11 to 17, 2019
– Rob Stern (United States), September 3 to 7, 2019
– Ondrej Novotny (Czech Republic) from 10 to 14 September 2019
During those days, you will have the chance to see these prodigious artists. This is a great opportunity to discover new approaches in the artistic creation but also to understand how each artist expresses his own vision of the world.
From July 11 to 17 2019, Mathieu Grodet will create small glass objects, thin and elegant, in a classic Venetian style, but with very singular shapes, on which he will engrave bewildering illustrations. Through these very contemporary enamel’s drawings, he tackles recurring themes on memory, war, lies or secrets. His work reflects a profound enquiring of the world and its violence.
« I use a variety of techniques and materials to reflect the poetic decadence of today’s society and represent my current worldview. Combining modern graphics with old shapes of glass to bring my work to the contemporary art scene, I strive to explore the conversation between the old and the new. »
Antoine Pierini and Mathieu Grodet will realize during this residency a work “with four hands”. The works of Mathieu Grodet are part of many private and public collections, including the Corning Museum of Glass in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago or the Museum of Fine Arts in Quebec.
From September 3 to 7, 2019, Rob Stern will surprise you with his large, colorful sculptures that fit seamlessly into living spaces to create connection and meaning. For 20 years, Rob Stern has been creating glass furniture and making very large sculptures for specific orders, in the public space or for private residences around the world.
« My creations and sculptures are just steps towards my quest for an understanding of life. My works act as a communication tool that seeks to connect my thoughts and actions to the collective human consciousness. A path that seeks insight and enlightenment, which carries me forward and always seems to bring me back to the glass. «
Rob Stern teaches at Pilchuck Glass School (WA), Penland School of Crafts (NC), Bild-Werk Frauenau (Germany), Glass Furnace (Turkey), the University of Miami, and University of Texas in Arlington.
From 10 to 13 September 2019, Ondrej Novotny will explore the illusions of complex patterns, often mathematically confusing, which contrast with the optical qualities of glass. We can appreciate these surprising hypnotic effects, when he will create the piece as well as it will be exhibited.
« I appreciate every aspect of glass making. The physical requirement to work a material with as much movement and intensity can be a challenge as much as a joy. The result is something that will always amaze me. Over the years, my enthusiasm for the unlimited possibilities of this material has become a passion. Not only for glass, but also for the people involved in the process. It’s a big community and a magic material. «
Ondrej Novotny is the youngest son of Petr Novotny, an internationally renowned Czech glassmaker who was one of the pioneers of the Glass Studio Movement in the 1980s.
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