Saturday, December 29, 2012

Featured Artist: Larry Zgoda

Stained Glass 
32” x 33” x 6” 
Larry Zgoda

For over thirty years, Zgoda has created original art in stained glass. Zgoda has explored a collection of materials including beveled wire and flashed glasses, crown glass, and Clovis Glass, a treatment in which the separate glass pieces have a scalloped edge.  Finding the availability of high quality stained glass jewels inadequate, he imports cut-polished, faceted crystals for his exclusive use.  As early as 1980, he pioneered experimental works with little or no color and in 1993 he began creating architecturally inspired, stained glass sculptures called Architonomous Art Glass.  In 2000, the new millennium found ornamental, forged steel (wrought iron) armatures being used for their archaic beauty.  Today, he repurposes recycled hot-glass materials to expand his pallet of colors and textures.

Zgoda anticipates a renaissance of ornament in architecture.  Today, his focus is on exploring new visual possibilities, in which our ornamental vocabulary will flourish. Monumentals are freestanding, architecturally inspired compositions in which Zgoda explores the potential for a new, ornamental, architectural language.

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