Liam Fleming: Falling into Space
- When 15 Oct - 27 Nov 2022
CNR OXFORD ST & GREENS RD PADDINGTON NSW 2021
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Liam Fleming has developed a singular glass practice alongside years of experience as a production glassblower and assistant to other makers. His distinctive vocabulary of forms and techniques test the constraints of glassblowing while exploring the complicated relationship between craft, art, design and architecture. These concerns are evident in his beguiling objects that capture a moment of transformation through the “controlled demolition” of mould-blown forms. They are captivating in demonstrating expert technique, uncertainty, and imperfection.
Fleming’s new body of work results from further experiments with coldworking techniques, giving over to chance in the workshop and a philosophical exploration of the kinds of objects and qualities afforded by the medium of glass, which can take on different behaviours and potentials during fire polishing, fusing and slumping.
Presented with the support of Canberra Glassworks, Australia Council for the Arts and the James & Diana Ramsay Foundation through the 2021 Guildhouse Fellowship.
In-Conversation: Contemporary Glass
2.00pm 15 October 2023 | UNSW Galleries
During the United Nations International Year of Glass, we celebrate some of Australia’s most fascinating practitioners working with glass. This panel discussion brings together Consuelo Cavaniglia, Mel Douglas, Liam Fleming and Louis Grant who each move between studio glass and interdisciplinary practice. Together with Aimee Frodsham, Artistic Director of Canberra Glassworks, the panel will reflect on glass making and the way their work facilitates exchanges between space, history, and architecture.
Banner: Installation view, ‘Liam Fleming: Falling into Space,’ UNSW Galleries, 2022. Pictured: Liam Fleming, Composition #6 in AFlat 2022, Composition #2 in G 2022, Composition #3 in AG 2022, and Composition #5 in B flat 2022. Photograph: Jacquie Manning
Tile: Liam Fleming, Transitory Vessel #1 2022. Mould blown glass, coldworked, fused and slumped. Image courtesy: the artist, Adelaide/Tarntanya. Photograph: Grant Hancock
Installation Images: Installation view, ‘Liam Fleming: Falling into Space,’ UNSW Galleries, 2022. Photograph: Jacquie Manning