FEATURED ARTIST: ANDY PAIKO ARTIST STATEMENT
Glass artist Andy Paiko is known for ambitious, technical works which explore the metaphorical and symbolic tension of form versus function. His work has been featured in such national and international print publications as FRAME, Wired UK, American Craft, Glass Art Quarterly, the Corning Museum’s New Glass Review, and numerous online blogs. He was selected as one of twenty emerging Searchlight Artists for 2008 by the American Craft Council. Paiko holds a BS in
Studio Art from California Polytechnic State University and currently resides in Portland, Oregon.
The most commonly held image of a “glassblower” is of a somewhat romanticized craftsman surrounded by flaming furnaces, making vases and bowls and drinking vessels, water jugs and little decorative horses for countertop and mantle. Though this is for the most part accurate, I consider my goal as an artist to examine the role of glass in relation to its function. Must a vessel be used in order to be functional? Does a functionless sculpture have a real purpose outside of aesthetic contemplation? If so, does its creator have to take responsibility for making something that is otherwise useless?
These questions have led me away from abstraction towards a symbolic way of dealing with the form/function relationship. Each piece could be metaphorical. It could comment on the difficulty of life’s everyday decisions, society’s relationship with nature or language, or the way the mind grasps experience through dreams. But further, I want to make things that try to both communicate AND imitate purpose.
The glassblowing process is an additive one, much like our personalities. Rather than a form emerging from a block of solid stone reductively, forms of glass are pushed into space organically by a cumulative history of layering and motion. My object-making process has developed to extend this layering, whereby many separate, individual glass parts are fused cold, away from the furnace to form a collage of sorts. This allows for a degree of detail and complexity difficult to achieve on the end of a blowpipe.
*** I adore Andy Paiko works, especially the bell jars, if i had the money I would buy them up to dislay my own skele sculptures! Unfortunely I dont but if you see above one image is numbered it because these works are available so if you can afford the check out http://goldbugpasadena.com for someone as renowned as Andy Paiko Ithink his prices are very good! ( i just still cant afford them sigh!)***