MODERN MYTH OF MIRRORS | THE VENICE GLASS WEEK 2019
Exhibition ‘Cave In Time’ by Sabine Mezkaze & Baiba Dzenite participated in international festival The Venice Glass Week having their exhibition showroom at art gallery ARTI3160 San Marco 3160 Salizada Malipiero, Venice from 7th - 15th of September, 2019
’Cave In Time’ is a poetically frozen moment. Here three mythical yet constant elements surround a viewer: Mother Creation, Eternity and their child Experience. Each serves a purpose in the process of self-realisation as we enter the realm of self-reflection called ‘life’. Through seeming stereotype of vanity and trivia expressed in boldly lustering glass objects presented, the combination of reflective surfaces, ascetic shapes and surrounding atmosphere of still calmness is pointing our wandering focus towards the depths of our existence.
Geometrically interlocking forms have been arranged to fully display meditative beauty of glass, creating visually pulsating objects using highly polished surfaces and masterful light-play. Artworks and furniture pieces by Sabine Mezkaze & Baiba Dzenite are a combination of modern and traditional technology of freely mouth-blown glass played-out in experimental manner, creating yet unseen objects for decorative as well as practical purposes.
ART WITH FUNCTION
Glass Art Objects are classified as ‘art with function’ as collection is featuring small to large flower vases on marble bases or on polished cuts that can be angled to user’s convenience, and mirror art objects of various sizes. The initial idea of artist Sabine Mezkaze creating a make-up mirror for a vanity table for her furniture line has been carried on into more artistic way deepening the philosophical presence reflected in the collection : understanding of ones - self, accepting our features, gifts and flaws. Mirror objects are central - pieces for a personal altar space, for inverted vision and clarity of thought. Also the furniture pieces for exhibition scenography was sculptural objects with function: a coffee table ‘Lotus’ was a central object in the arrangement, as it concluded the whole idea of three collections - the start, life itself and our experience, referred to as ‘our offering to the world’ in a symbol of milky white glass element mounted in its table top supporting an ikebana-inspired flower arrangement.
GALLERY & OPENING
Exhibition took place in Atelier d’arte ARTI3160 San Marco 3160 Salizada Malipiero, Venice with opening reception on the evening of 7th of September. Each of three collection presented was accompanied with personal tours giving insight in both story and philosophical spectrum of the underpinning of the collections, as well as explanation of unique experiments of authors’ glass technique. Exhibition scenography is featuring intimate ambience of space-time vacuum and mythical references mixed with seemingly personal touches.
Collection was widely recognised as a unique an unseen precedent in the traditional scenery of Venetian Glass art scene. Many of only 13 works exhibited during The Venice Glass Week 2019 are already in private collections in Netherlands, Belgium, Russia and others.
A mirror object ‘EXPERIENCE’ | mouth-blown glass in sea-green and gold tones, tinted mirror | 2019
Glass Art Objects from collection ‘Eternity': ‘MOTHER ETERNITY’ large mirror in blue, ‘EMOTION’ small vase on Black Moon marble in multi-coloured mouth-blown glass, ‘GLOBE’ & ‘ARCTICA’ set of 2. All pieces were unique and were sold during the Venice Glass Week.
COLLECTION ‘MOTHER CREATION’
Center piece of collection ‘Mother Creation' is a large glass art object in black lava, ice-like glass. | ‘MOTHER CREATION’ an art object in mouth-blown glass, tinted glass, tinted mirror, authors’ technique | 2019
COLLECTION ‘MOTHER CREATION’
‘LOTUS’ coffee table consists of 3 interlocking oak wood slabs, holding a ‘lotus’ of fog white mouth-blown glass bowl in a round opening in the table top. Glass element can be angled or removed. Can be used as a bowl for fruits or vase for an ikebana composition.
AT THE EXHIBITION VENUE
Artists Sabine Mezkaze x Baiba Dzenite | The Venice Glass Week 2019
AT THE EXHIBITION VENUE. ‘CAVE IN TIME’ exhibition scenography featuring intimate ambience of soft light, lustering glass and geometrical interior setting can be described as bold minimalism.
VIDEO. ‘CAVE IN TIME’ exhibition video | 7th of September 2019 | courtesy of askanews.com
BONHAMS PRIZE. The Venice Glass Week | Bonhams Prize Event at Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti on 11th of September, 2019