Monday, March 24, 2008

Ed Kirshner has left the building...

Just leaving the FLOAT Gallery was the amazing work of Peter Boyle and Ed Kirshner.

Included in the display are the compellation plasma jellyfish sculptures by Ed Kirshner and Bernd Weinmayer, a master flame worker from Austria.

Ed Kirshner

Artist statement:
Like Dr. Frankenstein in his lab, I hover over my glass and gas plasma work, spending many hours mixing, balancing and fine-tuning. Still, the plasma light behaves in a way that I can never completely control. I can change or direct its behavior by varying the pressure and mix of gases, or the frequency and the voltage of the power, but I can never fully predict the detailed effects any of my actions will have. Though frustrating at times, this unpredictability is at the very heart of my work. This is the personality, the mystery, the life that I try to create in my sculpture.

San Francisco Bay Area artists can take a class at The Crucible with Ed and Christian Schiess.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Plasma sculpture excites creativity!

Over the last 6 months we have had the opportunity to have some fantastic San Francisco bay area plasma artists show at FLOAT Gallery.

Michael Pargett

Michael Pargett enjoys the paradox between the high energy that creates the illumination, and the slow, sensual movement of the gas mixtures that can be achieved to present a visual experience that is as compelling as it is hard to describe. His expressions are at times humorous and at others inspired by a desire to honor the basic elements of the gasses themselves. During the filling portion of the creative process, he attempts to allow the gases themselves to express how they would like to manifest within the glass. “They feel as though they have something to say, if I only knew how to listen consistently” - Michael Pargett