Martin Willem’s Blown Glass At COMMUNE

dsc_0491Glass is a fascinating medium for art, but sadly art schools in the country don’t have the facility to teach glass blowing and molding techniques as the kiln used in the process is very expensive and consumes a lot of electricity which makes it almost absolutely imposable for any art school or facility to operate a kiln.

Being the reason, artwork made out of glass is fairly a rare sight in art galleries across Pakistan but thanks to artist Martin Willem who has been visiting Pakistan on and off quite often since almost a decade, and had exhibited his amazing work of hand blown glass in 2006 for the first time in Faisalabad and then again in 2008 in Lahore and the same year in Islamabad too,  providing art students and enthusiasts exposure the this wonderful medium across the country.

Exhibition Curated by Yousuf B. Qureshi

Yesterday, the commune artist colony opened a show of Martin Willem hand blown glass, to inspire the art lovers, students and enthusiasts of Karachi and make them instantly fall in love with glass.  Sadly Martin Willem who was expected in Karachi at the opening of this show suffered a stroke in Delhi and couldn’t travel to Karachi on the date, he was asked if the exhibition should be postponed but he insisted  that the show must go on.

The artwork flown all over form Holland on display is amazingly beautiful, with layers of flowing swirls in vivid colors and intricate forms frozen in bright shiny glass, creating a magical display boasting of a master’s command on the medium.

The collection includes a number of fishes, with bright colored pattern, textures and forms all unique and different from each other and the spirit lamps covered in splashes of shiny colorful pattern spreading love and joys of life. And spheres, bowls and glass figures of people dancing with a certain flow and spreading out love, happiness and all joys of life celebrating humanity and harmony.

dsc_0376The show is indeed an extraordinary display of artistry, which in my opinion should not be missed by anyone with the slightest aesthetics for art.

The Exhibition will continue till 13 of June 2009.

Commune Artist Colony

Sadiq Godowns,
Miskeen Gali, Off Old Queens Road, Karachi, Pakistan.
Phone: (+9221) 2440279 & 2440538

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