G. Michael Smith: Wings

2015-2016, glass

Pasatiempo - - PASA WEEK -

Jean Cocteau Cin­ema, 418 Mon­tezuma Ave., 505-466-5528 Swords from G. Michael Smith’s glass se­ries Fire Forged are fea­tured in the solo ex­hi­bi­tion of his sculp­ture Em­brac­ing Fire and Flow. “The idea with the Fire Forged swords is that it bal­ances out and dif­fuses the in­tim­i­da­tion of hold­ing glass art,” he writes on his web­site. “One picks up a drink­ing glass from the ta­ble with­out hes­i­ta­tion. Even a thin wine glass is sel­dom feared. By cre­at­ing an ob­ject that is crafted to be held, the wielder con­nects with the ma­te­rial at a pri­mal level. With­out fear.” Smith makes mys­ti­cal-look­ing works, in­clud­ing wings, comets, and the col­or­ful swords, us­ing a va­ri­ety of glass tech­niques such as blow­ing, cast­ing, and kiln-form­ing. The ex­hi­bi­tion opens with a 5 p.m. re­cep­tion on Fri­day, May 5.

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