CODA GALLERY PRESENTS
EXHIBITION: DEC 7 - 28
OPENING RECEPTION: DEC 7, 5-8 PM
PALM DESERT, CA — CODA Gallery presents a new exhibition of works by glass artist Seth Fairweather, who will attend the opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 7 in conjunction with El Paseo Art Walk/Palm Desert First Weekend. The exhibition runs through Dec. 28.
While you may view Seth Fairweather’s work solely on aesthetic grounds, to do so would be to miss a deeper appreciation. Yes, he masters blowing and casting glass into shapes of pure beauty, but he also marries glass forms (including heads and torsos) with metals and ceramics to create sculptures with profound meaning.
“My work deals with solitude,” he says. “My interest is in creating an object that houses within it a space for the viewer to explore — to lose him- or herself and disconnect from their surrounds.”
In 2007, Seth graduated magna cum laude in sculpture and three-dimensional studies from Alfred University’s New York State College of Ceramics School of Art and Design and in 2010 acquired his master of fine arts degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa.
As his level of precision has advanced over the years, he has injected more fluidity into his process.
“My work has gotten more organic within the mainframe of my style,” he says. “I still have high standards of craftsmanship, but I am allowing more looseness into what I am making than I ever would have allowed before. I was a lot more controlling to make up for a lack of technical ability.”
Seth finds the physical toll on his body to be the most difficult aspect of his creations.
“The weight and the torque tear you up. Even a 20-pound piece feels like 60 or 70 pounds because it’s on the end of a stick. And molds to be loaded into a kiln can weigh 500 pounds,” he says.
Still, he affirms, he doesn’t need to be inspired by something particular to continue doing what he loves.
“All I really want to do is make art,” he says.