Glass: A Delicate Balance

Kim Foster Gallery

Feb. 26, 2024 - Apr. 4, 2015

529 West 20th Street
New York, New York 10011

Kim Foster Gallery is pleased to present recent glass works by Ron Desmett and Kathleen Mulcahy. Each has a unique approach to the material.

Kathleen Mulcahy’s glass panels imitate the look of liquid elements in nature. But there is nothing of nature’s seemingly random behavior in these compositions. Instead, Mulcahy simplifies the irregularity of organic shapes to create controlled arrangements. Her glass elements may be prompted by something observed in nature, but they have been refined to a purified geometric form. Works in this series involve hot-worked and flame-worked glass shapes attached to slumped and acid etched plate glass backed by a fabricated steel sheet.The result calls to mind levees or floodgates meant to manage or prevent the flow of water.

The recent work by Ron Desmett is less dense then his prior black “Lidded Trunk Vessels.” He sparingly introduces color into his glass forms. Several objects interact, some transclucent and some opaque, making the whole feel less weighty, a more delicate balance. In “Swimming in Limbo,” Desmett creates objects floating in what appears to be an aquatic void, but in that void they have a relationship to each other as if drawn to each other by gravity

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