The past 12 months have been absolutely phenomenal for us. In May of 2012, we participated in Artomatic, a huge show with over 1000 artists. We both pushed the concepts and forms of our work and exhibited pieces that we were very proud of. Rania created a series of works that formed a story of a hand lifting, twisting, and lowering a dress. Twelve pieces that in turn formed her first stop action animated video. Sean created the largest glass pieces he had attempted and for the very first time utilized LED lighting to illuminate his panels. We were overwhelmed with the response. Sean received an Award of Excellence from the James Renwick Alliance, and sold two of the three panels. Rania sold six of the pieces to Prince Georges County and was offered a solo exhibition at the Montpelier Arts Center. The show resulted in a handful of commissions for each of us.
Then things got even better. Sean created a series of pieces based on Alice in Wonderland that incorporated video and electroluminescent lighting. A number of the pieces were exhibited in Aqua Art Miami with Alida Anderson Art Projects. Sean was invited to participate in the Artomatic sponsored International Glass + Clay, which featured a showcase of artists from Washington, DC, and Sunderland, England. A huge honor was Sean being invited to speak as a “Star of Tomorrow” at the Smithonian’s Renwick Museum panel discussion on the Future of Craft, beside craft giants Bruce Metcalf and Adrian Saxe. Sean was also part of a team of artisans who were tasked with the project to recreate the doors of the Library of Congress Adams Building in glass. The project will be featured in next month’s edition of American Craft magazine, around the same time as the completion of the installation.
And currently up, Rania’s first Solo Exhibition!
Rania Hassan: Threads
Rania’s solo exhibit at the Montpelier Arts Center in Laurel, MD, opened on April 5 and will be up through May 27. ‘Threads’ is an exploration of connecting knitting and painting with fiber and wood. Yes, in her newest artwork, Rania has been stitching knitting into wood.
This Sunday, April 21, she will be giving an Artist Talk at 3pm.
Rania Hassan: Threads Montpelier Arts Center Main Gallery Exhibition Dates: April 5-May 27, 2013 Artist Talk: Sunday, April 21, 3pm Gallery Hours: 10am–5pm, everyday 9652 Muirkirk Road Laurel, MD 20708
Habatat Galleries 41st International Glass Invitation & EXPOSE
From their website: Featuring: The most exciting artists working in glass 2013. Over 90 of the finest artists from 18 different countries exhibiting two sculptures each during Habatat Galleries 41st International Glass Invitational Award Exhibition. Also on display is for the first time “eXpose” displaying works of 25+ artist never seen before at Habatat! Habatat Galleries Complex Exhibition Dates: April 27–May 25, 2013 Reception: Saturday, April 27, 8pm 4400 Fernlee Avenue Royal Oak, MI 48073
Rania has created an Alchemical Vessel for this exhibition and benefit which will feature the work of 125 artists, hand-selected by 16 invited curators.
About Rania's Alchemical Vessel: Fi[b]re of Rotation: The alchemical symbol of a circle with a triangle inside represents 'Fire of Rotation.' The fiber pieces are from elements that formed a part of the creation of her recent solo show. This piece is about fire within, and transforming yourself and others through artwork.
Alchemical Vessels Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery Exhibition Dates: April 26–June 7, 2013 Opening Reception: Friday, April 26, 7-9pm Special Benefit Event: Friday, May 17, 7-9pm 1632 U St, NW Washington, DC 20009
Duncan McClennan Glass Gallery
Sean will be exhibiting with fellow Washington Glass School artists Michael Janis, Erwin Timmers, Tim Tate, and Allegra Marquart at the Duncan McClellan Gallery in St Petersburg, FL. Additionally Sean and Tim will be speaking at the Museum Of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, the day after the opening. If you know anyone that will be in the area, please pass along this information!