MEMBER MONDAY: JAMES LABOLD

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MEMBER MONDAY: JAMES LABOLD

posted on 9:25 AM, July 3, 2017
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Tell us about yourself! (Background, name, location, work, how you began working with glass, etc.)

I work in hot glass, neon, mixed media and others materials as well. I've been traveling a lot over the last year for residencies and teaching opportunities, but MY home base is Philadelphia, PA. I started working with glass at Tyler School of Art around 2000. I took the the class on a whim, because it fit into my schedule. About a month later, I changed my major to glass! I had a sort of on again off again relationship with glass for a few years after graduating while I explored other materials, but I kept coming back to glass so I committed and received my MFA in Glass from Ball State University in 2015
 
What draws you to the material you work with, and why have you chosen the processes that you use in your work?
I work with glass because of its versatility and expressive potential, whether casting, blowing, sculpting, or neon, glass always presents exciting new challenges. The mold processes I've been focusing on for the last few years allow me to transform elements of found objects and assemblage into cohesive glass forms.
 
What themes do you pursue in your work?
My glass and mixed media work plays with the confused connections between patriotism, national identity, and mythology in both object based and installation formats. I'm interested in the malleable nature of history and often use architecture as a point of departure for explorations of physical and institutional power structures.
 
If you weren't working in this field, what career would you choose?
I've never had much desire to be anything other than an artist, if I hadn't found glass I would've stuck with sculpture or printmaking, but I still do those too. Maybe I'd be another repressed sculptor working as architect!
 
Why are you a member of GAS?
I'm a member of GAS for the community! It's a great way to connect with other glass artists and keep up to date on what's happening all around the globe. GAS has been a great resource for me and very supportive. And besides the conference always being a blast, it has connected me to artists that have helped me find opportunities to exhibit, teach, and even a residency or two!

 

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