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My anticipation is building for the 2017 conference, Reflections from the Edge: Glass, Art, and Performance, which is just a few short months away. Held in Norfolk, Virginia, the 46th GAS conference will have all of the trappings of every great conference with performance as an added focus to this year’s programming. For a number of presenters in our colorful community, the glass studio will become a stage to explore material phenomenon, viewer interaction, and spectacle beyond the creation of objects. While the approach to performance in the glass studio dates back to early studio glass, it has become an increasingly important and widespread component of glass art practice.
To bring focus on the themes of this year’s conference presentations, this issue features articles that consider the practices and concepts of lectures and demonstrations. Suzanne Peck provides a thoughtful introduction of keynote speaker Mark Dion, his work, and his attraction to glass as a material. Stine Bidstrup calls attention to breath as a performative action in her piece, Articulated Air. Through a philosophical and art historical framework, Bidstrup discusses contemporary works that rely on breath that go beyond creating volume, moving to explore concept and ephemeral phenomena. Anna Riley makes a call to reexamine the language of the glassblowing studio in response to the themes of Karen Donnellan and Suzanne Peck’s upcoming lecture, Blow Harder: An Exploration of Language, Sexuality, and Gender in the Glassblowing Studio. Riley provides an insightful evaluation of the glassblower’s lexicon, moving for a reconsideration of terminology that fosters gender-conscious inclusivity.
Changes in our social, cultural, and artistic communities are bringing new conversations and voices to the landscape of glass art. The writers for the Spring issue of GASnews set the stage for a host of interesting directions and dialogue to look forward to at this year’s conference, which will certainly direct attention to the rapid growth of ideas and new directions in glass. I hope to see you there!
Michael Hernandez, GASnews Editor
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