16 February – 5 March 2017
about the exhibition
Through his glass practice, Andrew explores the notion of space, both physically and mentally, and how it has the ability to change the way in which we view the world. This exhibition continues to explore the theme of the ‘Void’ which was first conceived while Andrew was staying on a remote farm in the Mallee district of South Australia. “The works in the show explore the experience of space and isolation. What at first appears dark and ominous reveals a sense of lightness and potentiality.” The inspiration for the title of the exhibition is drawn from the Buddhist view of impermanence and as defined by the Buddhist author and teacher, Geshe Dakpa Topgyal, is “a view of all phenomena as dynamic and momentary in nature… This view is pretty close to the view of a dynamic, ever changing physical universe presented in modern physics.” The technical process Andrew uses in these pieces is based on traditional Venetian glass blowing techniques, creating an intricate skein of threads of colour enveloping the glass. Each piece is a unique, delicate and sensuous exploration of space.
Andrew Baldwin graduated with Honours from the Glass Workshop at the School of Art, Australian National University in 2000. Since graduating, he has had a number of solo exhibitions, both within Australia and internationally. Andrew has also been the recipient of the Australia Council for the Arts, New Works Commission in 2007. His work has been acquired by the National Gallery of Australia, National Glass Collection at the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery and the Toyama City Glass Collection, Japan.