September 9 - December 10, 2016
After many years of working as independent artists, the wife and husband team Lauren and Dylan Cotton began collaborating on sculptural installations in 2014. Their most recent collaboration is Mirari, a large-scale site-specific psychotropic glass sculpture. Creating a dynamic blend of Dylan’s glass blowing art and Lauren’s painting and installation practice, Mirari consists of a cluster of mirrored and opaque glass bulb-like forms. The cluster of vividly colored glasswork sits on a painted metal base of similar pattern and color to the glass itself. The intention of the sculpture is to create a microcosm, reflecting the structural framework and environment of the Pelham Art Center, visible from every angle of the work. The reflective glass forms reveal infinite visual possibilities within the space, bouncing off the colored light from their bright metal counterparts. Any architectural feature or person being echoed by the work becomes anamorphic, skewed and endless. People walking past or interacting with the piece add a kinetic element to the work, as their bodily actions will be mirrored, dreamily distorting physical relation and perception.
About the Artists:
Artist couple Dylan and Lauren Cotton met while completing their Master of Fine Arts degrees at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art in 2004. Each graduated in 2006, Dylan with an MFA in Glassblowing and Ceramics and Lauren with an MFA in Fibers and Fabric Design. In 2014, Lauren and Dylan Cotton merged together their art practices of installation and glassblowing, culminating in the solo exhibition Agents of Distortion at Artspace New Haven’s Project Room. This conscious effort added Dylan’s three-dimensional elements to Lauren’s two-dimensional installation format, creating fluid microcosms within the larger room-filling works themselves. Mirari is the couple’s first major public art piece. As they continue their collaborative relationship, the Cottons are actively pursuing additional exhibition opportunities for their growing repertoire of artworks.
Saturday, December 3, 2016