I think this is an example of Judson starting to use fused glass. Still a lot of the traditional use of paint as well. This is also the beginnings of working with artists. Of course, an artist is always involved in the process of painting and figuring out the placement of the glass. But in this case, an artist who works in another medium, making the switch to working with glass.
Multi media. Ok. I couldn’t get into the explanation of this circle of chairs. I’m getting bored with the deep social issues behind every piece of art. What caught my eye here is the traditional basic stained glass along with its wonderful reflection. Glass is all about how the light effects both it and us.
Another chair I really like is this one, the caning of the seat done in glass. I really should have looked under the chair to get a better view of the shadows. I’m also thinking that it would have been very interesting to see the process of the weaving of these strips of glass.
How cute is this dog? I didn’t read the label, I don’t think Judson made him, I think the artist did, but note that he looks like stained glass, with the lead channels.
And now, some older pieces from the archives. A panel for the Hollyhock House in Hollywood. Over the years Judson has gone back to repair old stained glass panels. Btw, here at Forest Lawn they have a workshop dedicated to repairing the stained glass which is all over the Memorial Park.
Stained Glass has always been evolving. In the early 20th century the use of pearlescent and multi colored glass was very popular. I don’t think there is any painting here, it’s all done with multi-colored glass.
Here is a close-up of another panel. Whomever made this panel tried to get those air bubbles in a certain location. In this case, they had to work with a glassblower to get those bubbles. Glass blowing and stained glass artistry are very different, even when at times, they intersect.
Here is a wonderful example of the use of opalescent glass. A few months ago, on their FB page, Judson advertised an online meeting the stained glass society. This is the one thing I’ve like about zoom, the ability to watch interesting lectures. Anyway, a glass and mosaic restoration artist from Berkeley spoke and shared amazing slides of fireplace surrounds. These were made in the early 20th c. often using this opalescent glass.
A detail, while working with the lead, these three dimensional stamens were added to the image. I can’t get over the creativity of humans.
Hoping for more exhibits like this. I think by June the Getty and the Norton Simon will reopen. I’m there!Leah