The main factor that distinguishes SOFA from other art events in the city is its focus on the three-dimensional. Although paintings can always be found at the event, it’s mainly for the sculptures, jewelry and other varieties of 3-D artwork. SOFA provides the curious, the art student and the art collector with something beyond fine art. Furthermore, it also takes education into consideration and hosts a series of lectures and special exhibits for those interested, in which questions such as art trends are discussed.
This year, glass was a prominent feature and trend. After hearing that repeatedly from event-goers, The Culture Trip decided to share some of the most memorable glass pieces from the event.
The Australian Ben Young works with layered glass to create his beautiful sculptures. At SOFA his sculptures seemed to have the same theme: a lonely object surrounded by sea, let it be serene or a tempestuous ocean.
Susan Taylor Glasgow showcased a variety of different sculptures, including a Glass Bra, Slipper on a Pillow, and Glass Handbag. The artist herself has admitted that the handbag is fully functional — there is a magnetic clasp — and that she herself has worn it at an event. The artist has a variety of other creative pieces that were not available at SOFA, such as her Chandelier Dresses collection.
This intricate piece was created by Eunsuh Choi whose work represents the ‘graceful flow of our emotional tendencies.’ As a South Korean who relocated to the United States, she has merged her Eastern background and Western experiences into her work.
Feeling of the Sublime is a large, imposing but serene piece at 70 x 47 x 3 inches. Kathleen Mulcahy has been very active in the art community. She developed the Pittsburgh Glass Center, a top public access glass studio in the United States, and in 1992, she was selected as the Artist of the Year by the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. Some of her pieces can be found at The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution and The Carnegie Museum of Art.