TACOMA– NY-based James Carpenter will be the Visiting Artist at Museum of Glass Wednesday, October 23 through Sunday, October 27 as part of the 2013 Visiting Artists Residency program funded through Fuel Their Fire 2013 and sponsored by Dr. Gail Weyerhaeuser. This residency concludes with a lecture on Sunday, October 27 at 2:00 p.m., which will be streamed live from the Museum’s website.
“We are all looking forward to James Carpenter’s residency,” notes Susan Warner, executive director of Museum of Glass. “His work utilizing glass to fill, expand, and enrich urban environments brings an entirely new set of challenges and opportunities to the skills of our Hot Shop Team.”
Noted glass writer William Warmus states, “Carpenter is admirable because his in his work he moves toward the good and away from the bad, seeking to enrich the void that glass so often represents. Studio glass can claim him, because it was in his training at the furnace that he first learned to control and temper fire, and love materials for their own sake. Architecture now claims him as a magician of the void.”
James Carpenter studied architecture and sculpture at the Rhode Island School of Design where he collaborated with Dale Chihuly, graduating in 1972. Carpenter actively exhibited light-based installation art works in the United States and Europe. Between 1972 and 1982 Carpenter also worked as a consultant at Corning Glass Works developing new glass materials aimed at potential architectural applications. Since establishing James Carpenter Design Associates (JCDA) in 1978, he has been integrating a synthesis of light into building structures. His studio is a collaborative environment encouraging an exchange of ideas between artists, environmental engineers, and fabricators.
Carpenter is the recipient of numerous awards including the American Academy of Arts and Letters Architecture Award, the American Institute of Architects Honor Award, and a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. His work includes the Dichroic Light Field at Lincoln Square in New York City (1994-95) and Luminous Threshold, a sequence of five 23-meter-tall “misting masts” that formed the entryway to the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. In 2002-2005 he designed the façade for the 52-story Seven World Trade Center, in collaboration with Skidmore, Ownings, & Merrill. In 2010, JCDA completed the planning, design, renovation, and expansion of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem. Since then JCDA has continued to produce unique artworks and lead and collaborate on the design of museum, university, and infrastructure projects.
Carpenter will also be lecturing in Seattle on Friday, October 25 at 7 p.m. as part of the Space.City, Seattle’s Art and Architecture Form.