Denver: Dante Marioni
Internationally acclaimed glass artist Dante Marioni is renowned for his perfection of form and consummate technical skills. PISMO Denver in Cherry Creek North is introducing Dante’s new work for 2013 on April 4th. The exhibition will continue through April 30th. The gallery is located at 2770 E. Second Avenue between Clayton and Detroit.
Marioni's pieces are inspired by classical form, yet he has pushed the limits of what is possible. Many of his vessels with their elongated necks and narrow bases seem to defy gravity, yet they are so perfectly balanced that these elegant shapes are firmly seated.
Marioni is a master of Reticello, a complex and demanding Italian technique which produces a perfect web of crisscrossed lines. This technique creates a diagonal grid pattern made with glass cane. At the center of each diamond-shaped space, a tiny air bubble is trapped, giving the vessel a pattern of elegant and almost magical perfection.
New this year is the 'Aspen Leaf' series, with narrow necks and very full, rounded bodies. His 'Standing Leaf' vases are elegance personified, with heights extending over three feet tall. 'Urns' are graced with multiple handles in curving, flame-like shapes. A 'Reticello Gourd' has a sensuous shape and is accented by two red handles which are perfectly round circles, adding a fanciful touch. And 'Mosaic' vases please the senses with their perfectly constructed patterns.
Dante Marioni, a second generation glass artist, began working in 1979. He perfected his skill over the years working closely with glass masters Ben Moore, Lino Tagliapietra, and Richard Marquis. Marioni, himself, is considered an eminent master of the modern glass art movement.