PREVIEW: Material Light Exhibition
Friday 7 December 2018
Michael Hulls | Dante Marioni | Elliot Walker
From December 2018 Messums Wiltshire hosts its second annual Material: Light exhibition across two gallery spaces. Come along to our opening night to preview Light artist and designer Michael Hulls’ Tungsten Requiem, a light installation extending through the full length of the barn gallery. With Tungsten Requiem Hulls joins an elite group of artists including Judy Pfaff and David Spriggs who have been invited to make a solo response to the unique setting of Messums Wiltshire’s thirteenth-century tithe barn.
At 6pm we will be hosting our new Collector’s Tour, a walking preview guided by gallery owner Johnny Messum, join us for a complementary glass of wine and the inside take on the show. The preview opens to all from 6:30pm, resident DJ Atsushi Hasegawa will be playing in the Mess Restaurant and bar from 8pm.
We are delighted to welcome the return of pioneering glass artist Dante Marioni, who last year contributed to our first Material: Light show and participated in our inaugural Glass Festival at the end of January 2018. This year he presents his first solo exhibition with the gallery and his first exhibition in the UK since 2015. Marioni burst onto the international glass scene aged nineteen, becoming famous for his sophisticated glass objects, which evoke the rich tradition of classical Mediterranean pottery and bronzes. Marioni has training in Venetian glassblowing techniques with some of the greatest masters in contemporary glass.
Also exhibiting as part of the glass element of Material Light will be British avant-garde glass artist Elliot Walker who is one of a handful of glassblowers in the world whose focus is solely on figurative sculpture. His work develops the relatively young history of studio glass in this country and steps boldly into forms of great originality and thought. Sculpting in molten glass is known as the Massello technique and working in this way requires extreme dexterity, speed and precise temperature control. Walker will be exhibiting a specially made glass feast, laid out under the crossing of the barn, comprised of pieces from his repertoire, along with those innovatively developed for the show.
Image courtesy of Sadler’s Wells