Published on March 3, 2014 | by Beau Bass0
Exhibition review: Dale Chihuly: Beyond the Object
By far one of the most seemingly impossible art forms; one glasswork artist has gone above and beyond typical by using small glass features to create works of a greater size than expected.
Dale Chihuly, an American glassworker, has managed to move out of the realm of the small and precious – which is usually associated with glasswork – and has created an impressive range of large-scale glass sculptures.
The medium Chihuly uses makes this exhibition different; the many sculptures and chandeliers are all created from hand-blown glass, which are undoubtedly beautiful. Any visitor will surely appreciate the technique and craftsmanship that has gone into this installation.
Neon chandeliers are suspended throughout the Halcyon Gallery space, showcasing a kaleidoscope of colours; Chihuly’s Amber and Gold Chandelier on display, is the first piece of artwork to ever be commissioned by Harrods. This collection of chandeliers is phenomenal and plays an integral part in transforming the space.
The most impressive part of the exhibition is the sheer scale of some of the sculptures. The Amethyst Icicle tower resembles a kind of pointed-rock formation, demonstrating the amount of hard work that has gone into this exhibition.
However, the vases are less impressive – they cannot compare to the glass towers and chandeliers- and look simply practical, as if an attempt to take up more space.
The exhibition is not vast in terms of the number of works on display, and some viewers may find the sculptures seemingly repetitive. This is not an exhibition you will be truly lost in – albeit most visitors will be able to appreciate the innovation behind the blown-glass objects – but as this is not a medium you will be able to experience at every gallery, it does hold its own merits.
Any visitor will be immersed in the craftsmanship of this exhibition, even if only for a short while. This is the first time Chihuly is exhibiting neon artworks in the UK, so it is definitely worth a visit – as the museum’s interior itself adds to this thought-provoking exhibit.
Dale Chihuly: Beyond the Object, is open until April 5 2014. Halycon Gallery, 144-146 New Bond Street, London.