DEMO: with Glass Artist Dante Marioni

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Saturday 26 January 2019

Messums Wiltshire is delighted to welcome back pioneering glass artist Dante Marioni, who last year contributed to our first Material: Light show and participated in our inaugural Glass Festival at the end of January 2018. He joins us once again to demonstrate his skill and deserved reputation as one of the foremost glassblowers of his generation.

Marioni burst onto the international glass scene aged nineteen, becoming famous for his sophisticated glass objects, which evoke the rich tradition of classical Mediterranean pottery and bronzes. Marioni has training in Venetian glassblowing techniques with some of the greatest masters in contemporary glass. The son of American studio glass pioneer Paul Marioni, Dante was raised in a family of artists, one that included two well-known uncles: painter Joseph Marioni and conceptual artist Tom Marioni.

For Marioni, making objects is about the art of glass blowing rather than the creation of glass art: the process rather than the result. Marioni’s elegant works are the brilliant record of his on-going relationship with and exploration of his material. This experimental, almost mindful method of working with glass is key to success: taking immense skill in order to work with molten liquid in the literal ‘heat of the moment’.

Marioni has exhibited in major galleries and museums such as the Bellevue Art Museum, Washington and the American Craft Museum, New York. In 1995, he was invited to the Clinton White House as part of an exhibition. His works are in major collections and museums throughout the world including, the New Zealand National Museum of Art (Wellington); the Smithsonian Institution (Washington, DC); and the Yokohama Museum of Art (Japan).


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