Bremerton, Washington-based glass artist Brent Rogers wants to change the way we think of the functional items we use everyday (think your morning French press or living room speakers). The Seattle native, who has worked in glass studios and factories for nearly two decades, and taught at the Pilchuck Glass School, explores this concept in his latest exhibit, Green Room, on view through August 29 at Pilchuck Glass’s street-level exhibition space in Pioneer Square. Its second opening happens tomorrow, August 1, in conjunction with the Seattle Art Fair and the Pioneer Square Art Walk.
“Brent’s experimentation with furniture and product design reflects his interest in reaching further than solely making sculptural work,” says Green Room curator and interdisciplinary artist Lydia Boss. “He’s excited about making work that functions in people’s homes, and that imbues a sense of comfort when it’s being used.” Central to Rogers’s exhibition is a living room vignette, created in collaboration with Rogers’s partner, artist and glassmaker, Beccy Feather. Here, Rogers’s playful glass works are on display, including a sculptural take on the traditional French press, cinder blocks that incorporate recycled colored glass, and high-end speakers enclosed in custom, sound-amplifying, brightly hued glass surrounds. The idea, Boss says, is to show how “speakers can be a focal point within the space and not a black box that gets tucked into a corner.”
Other pieces on view include a mix of materials such as recycled plastics, cement, wire, foam, wood, AstroTurf, steel, and hand-dyed textiles that lend an up-cycled twist. “Brent’s design sensibility and use of color is playful and contemporary,” Boss says. “His work represents where glass is headed in so many ways, and I hope that people are inspired and excited when they see it.”
Green Room, now through August 29; Pilchuck Glass Gallery, 240 Second Avenue South, Suite 100, Seattle; pilchuck.com