Denver: Shane Fero "Mind Flight"
November 10th, 2012 - November 30th, 2012
World-renowned glass artist Shane Fero is celebrated for his brilliant, color-intensive and uniquely innovative bird sculptures. On November 10th, PISMO Fine Art Glass in Cherry Creek North will help celebrate the culmination of Denver Arts Week with an exhibition of Shane's glass birds, sculptures and whimsical paintings. Join Shane at 1pm on Saturday, November 10th, for "Mind Flight: fire/color/form/philosophy" - a presentation highlighting his technique and inspiration at PISMO Gallery located at 2770 E. Second Avenue between Clayton and Detroit. A reception for the artist will also be held on the 10th from 2-6pm. The exhibition will continue through November 30th.
Shane Fero began glassmaking in 1968, and is now recognized as one of the leading lamp-working artists in the world. His birds are formed in the flame of a torch. Working with glass rods, Shane creates his pieces by controlling the flow of air into clear molten glass tubes and then adding colors using an overlay technique. He alternately adds glass and cools the molten form in sequential steps until the desired result is attained. He accomplishes the swirling patterns and mysterious movement of color in his work by manipulating colored glass in various forms including shards, powders, cane and even stained glass.
His bird sculptures have a beautiful acid-etched, matte surface with complex abstract color patterns. And while the patterns on the birds are often fanciful, the shapes are very life-like and the jaunty tilt of a head and delicate beaks and legs evoke the unique personality of each bird.
Shane's work dances to a rhythm created by his imagination. This lively energy - influenced by his interest in anthropology, philosophy, mythology and psychology - imbues his vessels and sculptures with a unique spirit that delights the viewer. In describing his work he says, "I choose to integrate humor and other thought-provoking devices in these images. My work could be described as colorful, serious, FUN!"