Artist

” Leaps of Thought

We should get rid of the terms “glass artist” and “glass art” as a distinctive feature in art terminology.

The painter who paints with oil paint does not refer to himself/herself as an oil paint artist, the stone sculptor does not refer to him/herself as a stone artist and the artists who work .....

” Leaps of Thought

We should get rid of the terms “glass artist” and “glass art” as a distinctive feature in art terminology.

The painter who paints with oil paint does not refer to himself/herself as an oil paint artist, the stone sculptor does not refer to him/herself as a stone artist and the artists who work with bronze do not refer to themselves as bronze artists, etc.

The high demands that the material glass makes on those who work with it or want to process it, should not hide the fact that technical know-how, experience and enthusiasm for glass is no guarantee to be able to create a work of art.

Many artists who have never worked with glass in the past are in the process of discovering the material glass for their work. Exciting works are created because the approach is unbiased and experimental. Of course supported by experienced craftsmen. These artists would never think of calling themselves glass artists and their work glass art.

If we ourselves are only in the technically advanced “glass artist niche” to pay homage to the material, we are also relegated to exactly this corner when we enter into contact with the “art world”.  The fact that this “niche” has developed and established itself over the decades and keeps its players alive makes it even more complicated to dissolve it and let it flow into the large space of the fine arts, especially since the struggle for survival there is far more intense.

I don’t have to discuss the concept, the material, the realization of a work unless it contributes significantly to the understanding of the work. Whether a work appeals to me is ultimately decided by my emotional world, my intellect and my aesthetic sensibility. Whether it interests me, touches me, and becomes art for me is the essential process for finding and determining a work of art. I do not care how a work is categorized from the outside and what material it is made of.” – Wilfried Grootens

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Habatat Glass invites you to celebrate the
49th year of our International Glass Exhibition.

We are extremely proud to have founded the oldest and largest annual glass exhibition in the world.
Grand Opening: May 1st | Exhibition continues through July of 2021.