Vintage Baubles and Foliage Encircle the Enchanting Glass Dioramas of Artist Amber Cowan

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#Amber Cowan
#plants
#discovered gadgets
#glass
#narrative
#sculpture

September 23, 2022

Grace Ebert

“Fountain with Fanatics in River and Jade” (2022), flameworked American pressed glass, blended media, 
22 x 19 x 6 1/2 inches. All photographs courtesy of Heller Gallery, shared with permission

In her solo display Amassing the Sky, Mining the MilkAmber Cowan emphasizes the legacy of colour. Thru intricately layered dioramas of pressed glass, the Philadelphia-based artist explores the histories of lavender, jade, and opaque white. Her assemblages meld customized and located items sourced from basically defunct factories in america, a lot of which produced a particular palette of colours just like the sky blue of “Ecco to the Bridesmaid: ‘I Know Now not What Has Came about to Your Pod.” Constituted of two symmetrically formed panels, the diptych blends an array of fabrics and generational references, together with the 1992 Sega online game Ecco the Dolphin and the brand of Louis Convenience Tiffany, the artist at the back of the long-lasting opalescent stained glass lamps.

Very similar to Cowan’s previous works, those new reliefs are brimming with foliage, plants, and small baubles that encircle a scenic part embedded within the middle. Figurative statues just like the artist’s habitual bridesmaid persona, miniature hen sculptures, chalices, and Greco-style columns infuse the items with narrative element.

Amassing the Sky, Mining the Milk is on view via November 19 at Heller Gallery in New York. To find extra of Cowan’s paintings on Instagram.

 

“Ecco to the Bridesmaid: ‘I Know Now not What Has Came about to Your Pod'” (2022), 
flameworked American pressed glass, blended media
, 33 x 48 x 8 inches

“Powder Field and Providing in River and Jade” (2022), flameworked American pressed glass, blended media, 18 1/2 x 16 x 8 inches

Element of “Ecco to the Bridesmaid: ‘I Know Now not What Has Came about to Your Pod'” (2022), 
flameworked American pressed glass, blended media
, 33 x 48 x 8 inches

“Hummingbirds with Column in Helio and Lavender” (2022), flameworked American pressed glass, blended media, 
19 x 16 x 8 inches

Element of “Powder Field and Providing in River and Jade” (2022), flameworked American pressed glass, blended media, 18 1/2 x 16 x 8 inches

“Pen & Cygnet Swimming in Sky” (2022), flameworked American pressed glass, blended media, 
21 x 17 1/2 x 7 inches

“Cherries in Milk with Creamer and Compote” (2022), flameworked American pressed glass, blended media
, 19 x 16 x 8 inches

“Simplicity in Bittersweet Orange, Lemon and Mandarin” (2022), 
flameworked American pressed glass, blended media, 
28 x 38 x 10 inches

#Amber Cowan
#plants
#discovered gadgets
#glass
#narrative
#sculpture

 

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