Wexler Gallery for the 2014 DesignPhiladelphia Festival

September 21, 2014 | DesignPhiladelphia, 2014 Festival

FRI OCTOBER 10 | 6:30PM - 7:30PM

This event is part of the 2014 DesignPhiladelphia Festival
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Read about the exhibition, and the work of Dan Cutrone, in our interview with Wexler Gallery below.

Can you tell us more about your event?

This year the Wexler Gallery will be hosting a talk with Dan Cutrone, a Philadelphia based-glass sculptor who is interested in the relationship between the natural world and a digitally designed world. Dan is one of four artists we are showing in our current exhibition, Flux: Four Artists Redefining Glass. An assistant professor of glass at Tyler School of Art and an advocate of the inquiry-based method, Dan’s style of teaching is sure to spark a lively debate on how artists are using technology to achieve a desired result.What makes Dan’s work so intriguing is that his work combines traditional glass-making techniques with the aid of computerized design programs and machinery.  

Our event on Friday, October 10 at Wexler Gallery (201 N 3rd St)  is a unique opportunity to hear Dan speak about his work to an audience of design forward thinkers in and around Philadelphia.  Dan will respond to the ways in which he incorporates technology in his body of work and he will discuss how certain digital processes alter his making process, but not at the expense of tradition.  By bringing molds that have been digitally rendered, Dan will illustrate how he uses new technologies and traditional glass blowing techniques to create his work.

Has Wexler been involved in the process, or seen the idea progress?

Lewis Wexler has long admired the work of Dan Cutrone.  Since visiting Dan’s recent solo exhibition Objects of Desire at the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts, Lewis was inspired to show Dan’s work in the gallery as part of a group show of emerging artists who are driven by concept and not limited by the properties inherent in the material.  We are pleased to highlight a selection from Dan’s Object of Desire series during the conversation.

How does Wexler explore the intersection of design and technology?

Many of the artists and designers who show at Wexler Gallery are outside of the box thinkers, reaching beyond conventional modes of making and display.  For example, HildenDiaz a Danish-Argentine duo, uses 3D printing technologies to render intricate lighting fixtures based on 18th century prints that transform interior spaces.  The role of technology has opened up a new toolbox and vocabulary for artists and designers.  It is our goal as a gallery to showcase such investigations and offer thought-provoking, innovative work to the community.

Where do you see design in the next ten years?

Advancements in technology have allowed artists and designers a tremendous advantage in creating virtually anything that comes to mind.  Perhaps the way in which design is made will become more streamlined and efficient, from concept to final creation, even more so than it already is.  But will the ease of production methods encourage or discourage true craftsmanship? 

What else can we look forward to at Wexler this fall?

Flux will run through Saturday, November 29th and we’re gearing up for two traveling exhibitions this fall, SOFA Chicago and The Salon Art + Design Fair in NYC.  We are excited about showing the work of Jessica Drenk in early 2015, an artist who creates organic and textural sculpture based on everyday objects such as pipe cleaners, wood pencils, Q-tips, books and wax.  Be sure to check out our upcoming exhibition schedule by visiting www.wexlergallery.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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