(American, b. 1967)
ABOUT THE ARTIST…
Marlene Rose is an internationally-known award-winning sculptor who produces stunningly beautiful works of art in her chosen medium, sand-cast glass.
Seen in museums and galleries across the US and Europe, her works are sought by glass connoisseurs, fine art collectors and Hollywood A-list celebrities.
Each piece is hand cast from molten glass into a unique modern work of art that resonates with references and allusions to ancient cultures and civilizations.
ABOUT THE PROCESS...
While the process Rose uses is relatively new, having been developed in the mid-80s, it is based on the thousands year old tradition of bronze casting. Rose pours liquid molten glass into carefully prepared sand molds, then cools it for six days or more in a specially controlled oven before cracking open the mold to see what is revealed.
There is a rawness and immediacy to working the sand of the mold, and the thrill and the danger of pouring this magical lava, thousands of degrees hot. There is the patient gestation of the work in the cooling oven.
Then at last there is the joy of meeting the product of sand, glass, fire and thought, as the piece is finally bought out into the light.
Marlene Rose quite simply breathes life and beauty to whatever she makes.
When people first view my work, I'm often told they feel a "certain aliveness" inherent in the work itself. My goal as an artist to inject life into whatever I make. In simple terms - to make the piece come alive. Each piece is hand cast from molten glass in a spectacular process of heat and light. The energy of this "Dangerous Dance of Creation" reflects in the finished work. In the end, the work has a quality of timelessness reflecting both ancient and modern. They celebrate the unique properties of glass, of transparency, and shine and reflection. And because these are cast objects, they hold in their form the memory of the shapes and textures of the materials that formed them; they are fine-grained, rugged or smooth, transparent or translucent, colored or clear.
When I cast the sculptures I include in them relics of modern life, interesting objects that have been cast away, industrial waste items that seem to unite present and past. In the end, the completed piece transcends the sensibility of mere time. The glass immortalizes a glimpse of something fleeting beyond the moment, taking that moment and freezing it over. I call these pieces Evocators. They are kept moments, shards of what I have seen, unnamed emotions, visions, concepts, memories. They call back; and they are the vehicle on which a viewer’s vision can ride away. The glass is there only to see through.
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CCAC, Oakland, CA (MFA)
Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle, WA
Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
2018 CODA, Palm Desert, CA
2015 Angela King Gallery New Orleans, LA
2015 New River Fine Art, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
2008 Kuivato Gallery, Sedona, AZ, “Buddhas”
2005-2007 Art Miami, Miami, FL
2007 Art Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
2007-2009 ARTSanta Fe, Santa Fe, NM
2005 Art Toronto, Toronto, Canada
2002-2004, 2007, 2009-2010 Adamar Fine Arts Gallery, Miami, FL
2007 Angela King Gallery, New Orleans, LA
2004 Baisden Gallery, Tampa, FL
2010 Besharat Gallery, “Onward” Atlanta, GA
2017 Wayne Art Center, “Breaking the Glass Ceiling”, Wayne PA
2015 Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, “Fired: Glass”, Denver, CO
2014 - 2015 Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport Museum, Phoenix, AZ
2014 Art Museum of Greater Lafayette, Lafayette, IL “Making it in Crafts II"
CAST Art and Objects, Townsend and Zette-Sterling, Schiffer Publishing, 2017
Studio Glass in America, Hampson, Schiffer Publishing, 2012
“From Fire, An Odyssey of Glass”, dir. Karen Lavender, 2007
Architectural Digest, Florida Design, Luxe etc.
Social Media Presence
Permanent Public Collection
Imagine Museum, St. Petersburg, FL
Leepa-Rattner Museum of the Arts, St. Petersburg, FL
Metro General Hospital, Cleveland, OH
National Gallery for Foreign Art, Sofia, Bulgaria
Maclean Collection of Asian Art, Chicago, IL
Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL
Museum of Contemporary Art, Yerevan, Armenia
Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, MI
Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong
Seven Bridges, Greenwich, CT
University of Tampa, Tampa, FL