Emerging contemporary glass works/artists for the emerging collector
Cali Balles - Reeds Etsuko Ichikawa - Pyrograph on paper Joseph Hobbs - blown and sculpted glass


Opening Reception: Friday, February 2, 2007, 5-8:00 pm.
Exhibition runs through March 31, 2007

Some of the participating Artists include: Cali Balles, Etsuko Ichikawa, Brent Cole, Ian Duncan (IL), Todd McClure, Beth Fishman, Anna Lee Chalos-McAleese, David Hering, Christopher Morrison, Joseph Hobbs, Martha Croasdale, Marc Vandenberg, Doug Randall, Ethan Stern, Jeremy Newman/Allison Ciancibelli, Bridget Boss, Gartner/Blade, Greg Fidler, Marc Leva/Ellen Abbott...more to be announced

PRISM Contemporary Glass, the gallery known for introducing the brightest new artists to established collectors is now looking to turn the tables, and introduce itself to a new generation of collectors, with its upcoming exhibition, START.

START is geared toward a new audience, one perhaps not as familiar with exceptional sculptural possibilities of glass. Prices for established artists working in glass have skyrocketed in recent years, often leaving those not yet in their peak earning years unable to participate in this vibrant, dynamic segment of the art world. We feel there is ample excellent work at reasonable pricepoints for the beginning collector. Accordingly, the exhibit will feature more-accessible works in glass: Prices will range from under $200 to just over $2000; more than 40 works by nearly 20 artists!

Glass is one of the most common materials, yet, as the objects in this exhibition reveal, it can also be one of the most versatile and exotic, assuming an extraordinary range of physical properties and appearances.

Some artists working today engage the transparency and sheerness of glass to create sculptures of pure geometrical form, like the laminated works of Anna Lee Chalos-McAleese. Others, such as Danielle Blade & Stephen Gartner, are drawn to glass, which is made from sand and other minerals, to emphasize its natural, even primal qualities and its origin in the earth.

Glass has a unique affinity for exquisite coloration and tonal nuance, and numerous artists working in contemporary glass evince an essential interest in color. In this exhibition, Ethan Stern, Bridget Boss, Newman/Ciancibelli, Doug Randall and Martha Croasdale all use a painterly approach to their sculpture, making strong but very different statements with color. In particular, Ethan Stern uses additive then subtractive processes to create works that range from monochrome and tonal studies to bold and striking compositions grounded in the tradition of the vessel.

At the other end of the spectrum, utilizing pure form, with an absence of color, the works of Cali Balles and Beth Fishman both make use of light, one relying on shadow and refraction, the other on reflection and translucence to define the sculptural space.

The decorative impulse is a primary motivation for many glass artists who are virtuoso technicians and create highly embellished forms with often whimsical designs – the playful, oversized fish lures of Chicagoan Ian Duncan fit this category, as do the elegant, gilt vessel forms by David Hering and the carved & sculpted vessels by Andrew Wu.

In contrast to such assertively decorative artists, others are more patently concept-oriented in their work, such as Etsuko Ichikawa, who uses molten glass to scorch paper – effectively painting with fire, and Brent Cole, whose wall-mounted panels are assemblages of other sculptural objects, creating one larger, more conceptual work from a number of smaller, more discreet elements.

START will open on February 2, 2007, with a free public reception from 5-9pm.
The exhibition is scheduled to run through March 30.

Founded in 2004, PRISM’s focus is on emerging and established (but under-represented) artists, innovative processes and cutting-edge techniques- yielding artworks from sensual to architectural. Rather than show the same 20 or so artists that "everybody else" does, PRISM will feature tomorrow’s "stars"… today, at a variety of pricepoints.

The gallery is about access… Access to the next generation.

Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 6pm, other times by appointment.
Image Inquiries: 312-243-4885 or email: amy



Artist: Calie Balles
Title: "Reeds"
Medium: Blown Glass, sandblasted, fire polished and assembled
Dimension: 6 x 9 x 3 inches
Price: $1350

PRISM Contemporary Glass
1048 w. fulton market, chicago, il 60607