23 January - 18 February 2008
about the exhibition
Inspired by the everyday, Jeremy Lepisto creates glass pieces that have both visual and spatial depth. By layering sheets of glass and overlapping imagery, Jeremy explores the complexities within common life using simple forms with intricate drawings. Jeremy’s kilnformed work takes everyday scenes and suspends them within layers of fused, formed and coldworked sheet glass. This time consuming process facilitates drawn out contemplation of often overlooked imagery. Using high fired enamel paints, Jeremy plays on the elements of light, colour and also sequence. Seamless construction and simplicity of form contrasts with the intricacy of his imagery. Jeremy encourages us to question and re-look at the surroundings that we usually take for granted, often precious moments from the ‘simple and ordinary workings’ of our daily life. Objects from his “Pallet” series reference the notion of goods in transit and the impact they leave on their temporary homes complimenting the work of Jeremy’s wife, Mel George and her Postcard series.
Jeremy has theoretical, practical and educational qualifications in the form of a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours (majoring in metals and glass) from the New York College of Ceramics at Alfred University (1997). He has worked extensively as a guest lecturer and instructor in New York, California, and his home state Oregon, and internationally in Scotland, Ireland and Australia. Jeremy is a Member of the Board of Directors, Glass Art Society of USA. He has held several solo exhibitions in the US and also participated in many group exhibitions including “Young Glass 2007” at the Ebeltoft Museum in Denmark and “25 years of The New Glass Review” exhibition at The Corning Glass Museum, NY. Jeremy is currently co-owner of Studio Ramp, Portland, where he fabricates works for artists and architects and works as an independent studio artist. This is Jeremy’s first exhibition in Australia.