Ann Gardner: The Shape of Air

January 18 - August 2, 2020

Ann Gardner interprets the physical world through sculpture, utilizing the intrinsic properties of her materials to represent natural phenomena. Her blown-glass vessels are inspired by the relationship between air and water, and shaped by the natural interplay of breath and molten glass. The transparent, ethereal forms create layering effects, forming unexpected shapes with each vantage point. Gardner’s organic, visually dynamic installation expresses the movement and fluctuation of bubbles as they interact with liquid and light.

Ann Gardner began working with glass during a 1985 residency at the Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Washington. She has since received many grants and awards, including fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts, a Louis Comfort Tiffany Award in 1993, and the 2011 Rakow Commission from The Corning Museum of Glass. Gardner’s artwork can be found in the collections of such institutions as the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the American Craft Museum, and the Seattle Art Museum.

Organized by the Boise Art Museum

Supported in part by a grant from the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass

With additional support from Foerstel Design

IMAGE | Ann Gardner: The Shape of Air, Boise Art Museum installation detail, 2019.

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Installation Details | Ann Gardner: The Shape of Air

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