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May 19, 2017. - Sep 3, 2017.

In the Box: Giampaolo Seguso

The Song of Glass

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Step behind the draped curtain at The Box and enter the world Giampaolo Seguso—The Song of Glass. Photos by Ed Pollard. Click to enlarge.

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This installation constantly cycles through different themes, colors, and even historical eras. Click any image to enlarge.

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Centuries-old glass techniques meet cutting-edge video technology in an exhibition that celebrates the beauty of Venetian glassmaking.

The Seguso family has been involved in Venetian glass since 1397, a glorious period in glass history that produced remarkably beautiful and technically masterful works that were the envy of the world.

Today the Seguso family, led by famed designer Giampaolo Seguso, continues the family tradition at Seguso Vetri d'Arte, their factory/studio/world headquarters on the famous island of Murano. One of his sons is the CEO. Another son is creative director.

Seguso is known for creating lyrical works rich in color, texture, and tradition. Here he presents a sasso (Italian for "stone") sculpture paired with dramatic projected imagery. The hot-sculpted solid glass sasso remains at rest, but exhibits a hypnotic rhythm in conjunction with the motion of the video.

Video production came from Dragone, an international creative consultancy based in La Louviere, Belguim. Franco Dragone is the firm's artistic director.

Giampaolo Seguso—The Song of Glass will be on view in the first-floor digital media space we call The Box from May 19 to Sept. 3. Admission is free.