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Past Exhibit

Halfway to Somewhere

October 9 – November 8

Main Gallery

Brent Rogers and Granite Calimpong

Are we there yet? Artists Granite Calimpong and Brent Rogers may never know, but their adventures and discoveries along the way are featured in the exhibition “Halfway to Somewhere” at the Schack Art Center from October 9 - November 8, 2014.

Sprawl, trio of wall pieces, Calimpong and Rogers

"Halfway to Somewhere" is the result of their shared residency at the Pittsburgh Glass Center (PGC) in 2013. As resident artists at PGC, Calimpong and Rogers were able to experiment, try new ideas and make art in a nonlinear way using different materials and new approaches and processes.

Calimpong’s work is typically blown and cold worked glass that is simple and clean with a focus on the form and surface. Rogers’ work, on the other hand, focuses more on content rather than form. He uses imagery, lamination and painting on glass to convey various concepts. Because their styles are so distinct, they said that there was a lot of meeting in the middle on decision-making during the six-week residency and production of the work.

Click here to read more about Granite and Brent from their feature in the Everett Herald.

by Calimpong & Rogers

Artist Statement: Granite Calimpong

"I am an artist, a glass worker and a craftsman. My instinct is rooted in process. I find great value in understanding a material long before the creative process begins. I came to glass for the process first and then slowly began to piece together an understanding of its static qualities. I strive to create work that exhibits balance and clarity of form. Whether the work is tight and symmetrical or loose in its manifestations, I am dedicated to creating glass that is carefully considered, cleanly executed, and exhibits the attention to detail that I employ during every step of the process"

Granite Calimpong grew up the son of a potter in Northern California. He graduated with a degree in Interdisciplinary Computing in the Arts from the University of California, San Diego, where he was first introduced to glass. He has worked as a freelance glassblowing assistant to many artists including Nancy Callan, Benjamin Moore, Ethan Stern, John Kiley, Dan Dailey, Janusz Pozniak and James Mongrain. He currently lives and works in Seattle.

by Calimpong & Rogers

Artist Statement: Brent Rogers

"My work focus’s on themes of rejection, acceptance and failure because it is a common occurrence in everyday life. I aim to capture emotion of a specific moment utilizing the reflective qualities of glass. I am interested in this reflection and how the viewer then becomes part of the work. Working in the hot shop is as important as the alternative materials applied after the glass has cooled. I strive to push the boundaries of new cold applications to leave my own mark on the material"

Brent Rogers was born and raised in Seattle, WA where he worked as a production glass blower and designer at the Glass Eye Studio before relocating to Chicago in 2011. He has been an active member of Studio 5416 in Ballard, WA since it opened in April 2010. Brent educated himself in glass and illustration concepts at the Pratt Fine Art Center and Pilchuck Glass School and as an intern at Benjamin Moore Incorporated.

Exhibit co-sponsored by Rubatino Refuse Removal, Inc., Washington State Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts