6 – 25 March 2014
about the exhibition
Andrew Baldwin is an established glass artistwhose work is carefully crafted and rich in meaning, with the practice of meditation and retreat a continued inspiration. Andrew explains that; “This exhibition was conceived while 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.”Through his glass practice, Andrew is exploring the notion of space, both physically and mentally and how it has the ability to change the way in which we view the world.The two aptly named series of work within this exhibition, ‘void’ and ‘murrini’, both suggest a quiet and meditative quality, with the subtle blues set against the clear glass allowing the viewer to inscribe and invest their own meaning. The process that Andrew uses is based on traditional Venetian glass blowing techniques, creating an intricate skein of coloured threads 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 and has been selected as a finalist in the Ranamok Glass Prize seven times, most recently last year. His work is held in the National Glass Collection in Wagga Wagga, NSW and the Toyama City Glass Collection, Toyama, Japan. This is Andrew’s first solo exhibition in Canberra.