Figures and Forms: The Glass Sculpture of Rick Beck

Aug 20, 2013 - Dec 8, 2013

Similar to a magician, artist Rick Beck makes us look closely at what we thought we saw, only to see something different than expected, and become surprised, delighted and amazed. In his first one-person exhibition at the CMA, Beck shows figures and forms sure to capture the imaginations of visitors of all ages. Beck creates his glass sculptures using clay forms to create a silicone mold for recycled glass, which is fired to 1650 degrees Fahrenheit. As the molten glass takes the shape of the mold, it can take anywhere from a couple of weeks to a couple of months to cool to room temperature. Diamond blades shape the sculptures, and their surfaces appear rough and unpolished. That is intentional. "I want light and color to pass through, but I want you to be looking at the form and the color, not at what's pretty inside of it," Beck said. Light and color passing through the sculpture, instead of being on the surface only, can fool the eye and its interpretation of an object's position in space.

Location: On view in Gallery 15