Ritual and Desire explores the tenuous line between historical aesthetics and contemporary attitudes through the work of three artists--Beth Lipman, Cassandra C. Jones, and Lauren Fensterstock.
While each harnesses the artistry of previous ages, each artist masterfully projects those styles into our contemporary world, revealing the unbreakable ties to our past in our present. The simultaneous blurring and expansion of time and aesthetic results in work that is both familiar and foreign to the eye. It invites reflection on issues of transience and permanence, the material and immaterial, and reduction and excess.
The exhibition continues WAM's exploration of Steuben's legacy in contemporary glass.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website