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Review: 2011 Indiana Glass Artists Exhibition 

click to enlarge Glass artist Nancy Keating's "Kitchen Kitsch" is part of Gallery 924's annual juried event.
  • Glass artist Nancy Keating's "Kitchen Kitsch" is part of Gallery 924's annual juried event.

4 stars

Gallery 924; through Oct. 28.

Gallery 924 marks its one-year anniversary with an exhibition of contemporary Indiana glass art. In this annual show presented by the Indiana Glass Arts Alliance, artist Ben Johnson's work swept the blind judging awards. Top winner "Torrent Host," from Johnson's sculptural series seen last year, is striking as an industrial-looking organism with matte black, sandblasted and acid etched surface and white interior pods. His command of glass turns delicate and elegant in "Straight Venetian" (third prize), a fluid-like vessel with an interior panel — all made with clear blown glass embellished with subtle, wavy stripes utilitzing a cane rollup process.

Jerry Thompson's statuesque vase, "Blue Stitch," has an attractive design that suggests peacock feathers. Oblong murrini rollup patterns in muted ranges of colors — blue, green and tan — along with clear glass are joined with white stitched marks that direct the murrini upward. Looking through the patterns creates an alluring interior/exterior vibration. Fun and well done, "Maurice," a green blown glass creature by Abby Gitlitz, demonstrates that both glass and Gitlitz have personality. The sculpted pink pedals extending from the blown glass vessel of Yuri Okamoto's "Cherry Blossom" ask the viewer to consider nature, balance, and beauty.

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