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Michael Petry Hard at Work

Glasstress 2011 artist, Michael Petry is an internationally exhibited multi-media artist, and co-director of the Museum of Installation, London. He was born in El Paso, Texas, and has lived in London since 1981. He received a BA at Rice University (Houston), an MA at London Guildhall University, and is finishing his Dr Arts at Middlesex University. He lectures part time at the Royal College of Art and the Royal Academy Schools and was Guest Curator at the KunstAkademi, Oslo, and Research Fellow at the University of Wolverhampton. Petry is represented by the Sundaram Tagor Gallery, New York, the Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston and the Westbrook Gallery, London.

Petry is the Director of the MOCA, London Museum of Contemporary Art, and the curator of the Royal Academy Schools Gallery. In addition to temporary exhibitions and installations at several museums and galleries, such as the Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, Petry’s works are included in public collections throughout the world including the Museum of Arts and Design, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Toledo Museum of Art, the British Museum, London; The National Collection, UK, the Kunst und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublick Deutschland, Bonn, the Bellerive Museum, Zurich, The New Art Gallery Walsall, UK, Rogaland Kunstmuseum, Stavanger, Norway, The Gallery of Art, Legnica, Poland and the Leopold Hoesch Museum, Duren, Germany

Murano Glass meets Paul Cocksedge and Louise Campbell

Earlier this month, Paul Cocksedge, and Louise Campbell stopped by for a visit to Berengo Studios to discuss their upcoming exhibits for Glasstress 2011.

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About Paul Cocksedge
Reflecting on abstract painting and its place in contemporary society, Paul Campbell explores abstraction’s most poetic, frankly beautiful aspects, while opening up the nearly century-old practice to up-to-date, aleatory experiments with wry techniques and an intensely felt rhetoric of painterly process. Eschewing the politics of “touch” which were the cornerstone of Modernist abstraction, Paul Campbell marks his carefully prepared oil and wax canvases with such every day objects as ten cent string, tennis balls, and remote-control cars, letting the careening traces of paint build up a rich and controlled chaos. “I use just about anything I can to paint with,” Campbell has said about his direct, rhythmic, yet extremely fine-tuned method. “It is a way of getting away from my hand to liberate the painting, a combination of a methodological and intuitive painterly approach.”

About Louise Campbell
Louise Campbell was born in Copenhagen in 1970. Being the daughter of a Danish father and an English mother, she grew up and was educated in both countries. After graduating from the London College of Furniture in 1992, she returned to Denmark and continued her studies in Industrial Design at Denmarks Design School, graduating from here in 1995. She set up her own studio in 1996, from where she has worked independently since. Focus is on furniture and lighting design, but the studio is increasingly involved in product design and interior design projects as well. The client list is long and varied, including companies such as Louis Poulsen, Zanotta, HAY, Royal Copenhagen, Holmegaard, Stelton, Muuto, Interstop and The Danish Ministry of Culture. Louise Campbell’s work is playful and experimental, and is increasingly gaining a reputation for gently twisting not only every day objects and situations, but also materials and manufacturing processes in new directions.

Creative Process with Michael Joo

Luckily, today at Design Miami, the prolific Michael Joo was able to stop by our booth for a visit. As a Glasstress 2011 artist, this was one of the first times he and Venice Projects director, Adriano Berengo got to exchange ideas for Michael’s Glasstress exhibition! MAGICAL! You’ve gotta love when Adriano gets excited and animated… it’s infectious. Plus Susan Scherman leaves with a signed final sketch!

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If you haven’t realized by now, the next Glasstress exhibit will take place in Venice, Italy from June – November. We have a great line up of the world’s top artists, architects, and designers shaping their creativity through a very expressive, contemporary medium – glass. Luckily for us, it doesn’t hurt to be located in one of the world’s most amazing cities. But don’t take our word for it, see the beauty of Venice in the video below and hopefully we’ll see you there!

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On the heels of his resounding success with GLASSTRESS at the 2009 Venice Biennale, Adriano Berengo returns with a splendid sequel… GLASSTRESS 2011… part of the official program of the 54th Venice Biennale of Art, which will be held at the stunning Instituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere ed Arti in Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti on the Grand Canal, June through November, 2011.

Unlike its cultural predecessor, this exhibition consists of 20 site specific installations, where prominent invited artists have each deliberately selected a room at the Palazzo in which they will exhibit their contemporary work in glass. The roster, to name a few, includes Christian Boltanski, Judy Chicago, Tony Cragg, Jan Fabre, Jim Hodges, Vik Muniz, David Nash, Jaume Plensa, Koen Vanmechelen, Fred Wilson. Contributing their professional vision to this unique exhibition, are two experts, Bonnie Clearwater, Director and Curator of MOCA, Miami, Florida, and Luca Massimo Barbero, Director of MACRO, Rome, Italy.

The plus factor, is the ancillary exhibition at the Berengo Center for Contemporary Art and Glass, in Murano. This segment of the show emphasizes the possibility of experimenting and challenging glass as an innovative and significant material. Represented are emerging and established international architects and designers, whose focus is on glass and its reciprocal influences within the world of architecture and design

GLASSTRESS 2011 is produced by Venice Projects, a partnership between Adriano Berengo and Susan Scherman of San Francisco. Venice Projects was established to support internationally recognized contemporary artists, providing some with an opportunity to express their creativity in a new medium, glass

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