Pearl J. Dick

 

Artist Statement

Relationships with other people, be they the absolute connections of mother and child, the complicated connections between lovers, husbands, wives, or even moments of quick connection between strangers on the street, are integral to understanding the relationships we forge with ourselves along our lifelong paths of self-discovery. My artwork predominantly involves the human relationships within this network.

My main concern is to point out and celebrate the intricacies of the connections we share. The sculpted glass heads do not depict a single moment in time, but represent a period of involvement with another soul. When the heads are mashed together while molten, they fuse, one becoming indelibly part of the other in much the same way that aspects of our individuality get melded when we come together in our relationships. It is no coincidence that when we spend quality time with another, we refer to it as "bonding".

Working with glass presents a unique opportunity to layer images--in the case of the heads, 3 dimensional images--facial features, aspects of expression, contours created and distorted based on how the material refracts the light passing through it. I utilize the transparency of the medium to depict the love inherent in the experiences we share with each other, which is compounded--it's reality dependent on the circumstances surrounding it. In doing so, I hope to express the profound beauty of our connections as well as to help clarify the emotions that accompany them.

 

Curriculum Vitae

Born:

1977 Toledo, OH

Education:

1998
New York State College of Ceramics (NYSCC) at Alfred University, BFA

1997
Alfred University Study Abroad Program, Perugia, Italy

Selected Solo Exhibitions:

2006
Bonded, Habatat Gallery, Chicago, IL

2005
Headspace II, Making Glass Gallery, Highland Park, IL.

2004
Headspace I, Making Glass Gallery, Highland Park, IL.

2002
Pearl, Beulahland, Portland, OR.

1998
Personalities, Skylight Room/ Alfred University, Alfred, NY.
Selected Group Exhibitions:

Selected Group Exhibitions

2009
SOFA NY, Habatat Gallery, New York, New York

2009
First Thursday Group Show, Graighead-Green Gallery, Dallas, TX

2009
Let's Face It, Habatat Gallery, Chicago, IL

2008
Narratives in Contemporary Glass, Highland Park Art Center, Highland Park, IL

2008
SOFA New York, Habatat Gallery, New York, New York

2008
SOFA Chicago, Habatat Gallery, Chicago, IL

2008
Let's Face It, Habatat Gallery, Chicago, IL

2007
Glass invitational, Craighead-Green Gallery, Dallas, TX

2007
SOFA Chicago, Habatat Gallery, Chicago, IL

2007
SOFA NY, Habatat Gallery, New York City, NY

2006
ArtScottsdale, Scottsdale, AZ

2006
Freeark Gallery, Riverside, IL

2005
Kraft-Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL

2005
SOFA Chicago, Kraft-Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL.

2005
Kraft-Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL.

2004
Lakeview Cultural Center, Chicago, IL.
Partisan, Chicago Hot Glass, Chicago, IL.
Five Views, Crafts For Living Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.
July Show, Landmark Arts Gallery, Chicago, IL.

2003
Dim Sum, 16 Beaver/Red 76 Art Collective, New York, NY.
Valentine, 3055 N. Sheffield, Chicago, IL.
What's Blooming, Roaring Belly Glasswerks, Oak Park, IL.

2002
Dim Sum, Gavin Shettler Gallery/Red 76 Art Collective, Portland, OR.
JubilantPhyrricWaste, Disjecta, Portland,OR.
Art Stall, Saucebox/Red 76 Art Collective, Portland, OR.
Subscribe, Cawein Gallery/ Pacific University, Forest Grove, OR.

2001
New Work, E'ko.logic Sudio, Portland, OR.
Fall Preview, Weiden-Kennedy Atrium, Portland, OR.
Closing, Martial Art Gallery, Portland, OR.
The Girl Show, Martial Art Gallery, Portland, OR.
Girl at 44th and Belmont, Regional Art and Culture Council(RACC)/PCC Sylvania, Portland, OR.
Color Project, Eagerwally Gallery/Art Labs, Portland, OR.
Alphabet Dress, Alphabet Dress Art Collective, Portland, OR.

2000
Homeless Show, Martial Art Gallery, Portland, OR.
Alphabet Dress, Alphabet Dress Art Collective, Portland, OR.
CopShop, Martial Art Gallery/ Red 76 Art Collective, Portland, OR.
SkateRamp, Martial Art Gallery/ Red 76 Art Collective, Portland, OR.
Art In The Dark, Martial Art Gallery, Portland, OR.
Support Your Local Troublemaker, The Cobalt Lounge/ Red 76 Art Collective, Portland, OR.

1999
Cheap Art Show, Martial Art Gallery, Portland, OR.
Fall Show, The Creative Arts Studio, Enola, PA.

1999
Visual Chronicle, Regional Art and Culture Council (RACC), Portland, OR.
Last Thursday, Ione Books, Portland, OR.

Museum Acquisitions:

2007
Palms Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA

2007
The National Liberty Museum, Philadelphia, PA

2006
Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN

Public Art Installations:

2009
Cooperative Image Group, GlassWorks, installation of mosaic glass paletas carts and pat-de-vere cast objects in Campbell Garden,created with students from GlassWorks after school program and After School Matters.

2008
Cooperative Image Group, Pinata Factory, worked with students in creation of paper-mache pinatas to be place under highway overpasses to call attention to plight of the homeless in Chicago.

2007
Cooperative Image Group, 17 ft painted, glass mosaic walkway in Cambell Garden. Created with students in GlassWorks program through Chicago Public Schools.

2005
Chicago Hot Glass, Installation of sculpted glass heads for SOFA Chicago

2004
Art Market, 30 blown glass bulbs and spun plates within the natural environment, Garfield Park Conservatory. Chicago, IL.

Garden Show, several tall, abstract blown vessels designed to complement rare fauna, Wicker Park Garden. Chicago, IL.

2002
Girls at Play, mural project, Glade Hotel Gallery. Portland, OR.

2001
Dante's Inferno, mural project, Glade Hotel Gallery. Portland, OR.

1999
Portland Visual Chronicle, visual archive, City of Portland. Portland, OR.

1994
Learning, permanent installation, Stonington High School, Stonington, CT.

Work Experience:

2007-09
Art instructor/coordinator, Glassworks, Cooperative Image Group, Chicago, IL

2003-09
Glassblowing instructor, Chicago Hot Glass, Chicago, IL

2007-08
Glassblowing instructor/project coordinator--North Shore Country Day School, Chicago Hot Glass, Chicago, IL

2006
Glassblowing instructor--Intern week--Roycemore Scool, Chicago Hot Glass, Chicago, IL

2006
Glassblowing instructor--Interim week--North Shore Country Day School, Chicago Hot Glass, Chicago, IL

2006
Glassblowing instructor--Lake Forest Academy, Making Glass, Highland Park, IL

2006
Glassblowing Instructor--School of The Deaf, Chicago Hot Glass, Chicago, IL

2006
Focus on the Arts--Highland Park High School, Highland Park, IL

2004-06
Visiting artist and glassblowing instructor, Making Glass, Highland Park, IL

2005
Visiting artist and glassblowing instructor, Making Glass Mobile Unit, Highland Park High School (FOCUS on the Arts), Highland Park, IL

2003-04
Glass designer, Tradesign Inc., Chicago, IL (work featured on HGTV June 2004)

2000-02
Visiting artist, production glassblower, Vitrelux Studio, Portland, OR

1999-02
Production glassblower, Rich Glass Studios, Portland, OR





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