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October 25, 2005 > Studio Years: The work of Susan Longini

Studio Years: The work of Susan Longini

by Arathi Satish

The latest exhibit at Olive Hyde Art Gallery entitled "Studio Years: the work of Susan Longini" opened on Friday, October 14. The artist herself sums up the exhibit aptly when she states, "In this case, it's putting together the entire career and seeing how one piece influences the next, what other influences in one's life manifest themselves in the art, why the expression of ideas, visually, is so much like poetry."

Susan Longini's glass artwork is incredibly colorful and beautiful. The Vase Analogy
Artwork attracts one's eyes by their pleasing color combination. The artist points out that though she started her work concentrating on line, form and pattern, she later decided to explore color. She notes, " I began mixing my own colors, combining concentrated powdered glass colors with clear glass frits to create vibrant and varied hues and values. The mixture is bound with a formula of dilute corn syrup/water, allowing me literally form the pieces by hand. The Vase Analogies became vibrant pieces."

Susan's quilts of glass in various colors and shades are very enjoyable to the eye. Here, she focuses on pattern, rhythm and repetition. Susan herself says that all her work references her immediate environment, but the Vassel Spirit installation is a meditation on the concrete vs. the ephemeral, on perfection vs. beauty. She depicts the Vessel as disintegrated, broken from its grounding base and assumed the freedom to soar. The artwork stands out impressively in various shades of blue.

Technical advancement and advent of affordable digital kiln controllers helped the artist to pursue kiln formed glass where various pieces of colored glass are fused between 1275 and 1600 degrees allowing her to explore pattern and rhythm.

To view colorful and intricate patterns of glass artwork by Susan Longini, visit Olive Hyde Art Gallery, 123 Washington Blvd., Fremont. Call (510) 791-4357 for further details. The exhibit will be on display till November 19. Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday, noon to 5:00 p.m.

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