Forthcoming HVA Events

Our next lecture 'Out of the Fire: A Creative Exchange' by Louis Thompson - winner of the 2012 Jerwood Prize - takes place on Thursday 25 April 2013 at 7.00pm at the University of Hertfordshire,  College Lane Campus, Hatfield, Herts, AL10 9AB.  Free for members & students, £5 non-members. PLEASE RESERVE YOUR PLACE

I first came across Louis’ work at the London Glass blowing studio in Bermondsey St. Whilst writing this article two of Louis’ pieces are standing on my mantelpiece with the light bringing out the composition contained within them.

Louis then went on to be one of the Jerwood Prize winners for 2012 and I have just heard that he has been chosen to exhibit work at Collect at the Saatchi in May this year.

I am delighted that Louis has agreed to give his time to come and talk to HVA. Although glass is not a medium that I work in I find his work inspirational and it should appeal to all practising artists no matter what their specialism.

Artists Statement: Louis Thompson

My recent work has been concerned with ideas of repetition, sequence and multiples. In part, this is stemmed from a long-term fascination with the idea of collections: multiples that record and archive history.  From medical apparatus to the scientific aesthetic of research, inquiry and experimentation have proved to be a rich source of inspiration. Memories of my physical actions on glass, sometimes sabotaging the material, twisting, creasing, buckling and collapsing are fundamental in how I explore scale, composition and material quality. My works have underlying themes of the human body, sensuous, tactile, echoing folds, curves and creases.

I explore the idea of illusion and perception with the material and how objects can invite and demand a sensory experience other than the visual. I am fascinated by the haptic experience in art and sculpture. The compulsion of a viewer to engage with my work through touch, to illicit a response to confirm the truthfulness or not of what a viewer is visually experiencing. My glass works have a simplicity and purity of materials, often clear glass and water. I enjoy bringing these elements together to produce objects that question material truths. Is it glass? Is it solid? Is it full or empty? My work poses questions about the material and the idea of function, playing with the viewers’ perception of what is real and not real.

 

Louis Thompson - Biography

Louis Thompson graduated from the Royal College of Art with an MA in Ceramics and Glass in 2011.  His professional career over the last 25 years has afforded him the opportunity to work with a number of glass practitioners in the UK.   His knowledge and skills have led him to teach in the UK and abroad whilst continuing to develop his own practice. In 1999 Louis received a scholarship to attend Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle; he then visited the school again in 2001 to work as a Teaching Assistant for American glass artist Danny Perkins. He has exhibited extensively in the UK, Europe, USA and Japan and has established a small studio in London. In 2012 Louis was awarded two prestigious art’s awards in the UK; Best in Show at the British Glass Biennale and the Jerwood Foundation Makers Commission. In 2013 Louis will be exhibiting at Collect at the Saatchi Gallery followed by a two person exhibition at the London Glassblowing Gallery in June.

by CAROLINE LUMB

Thursday 25 April 2013 at 7.00pm at the University of Hertfordshire,  College Lane Campus, Hatfield, Herts, AL10 9AB.  Free for members & students, £5 non-members. PLEASE RESERVE YOUR PLACE

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