Pittsburgh Glass Center

Pittsburgh Glass Center
Through January 16
Various times

A shared passion for Americana—and an interest in architecture, landscape and abstraction—have united two local artists for a first-of-its-kind collaborative exhibition opening this weekend at Pittsburgh Glass Center.

Featuring new work by Pittsburgh-based artists Seth Clark and Jason Forck, Dissolution runs from October 7 through January 16 at the Garfield-based center.

Dissolution marks the first time that Clark, a collage artist, and Forck, who works in glass, have collaborated to create an exhibition. Exploring central themes of decay and abstraction, construction and deconstruction, landscape and architecture, and more, Dissolution showcases the prolific vision of the two artists as collaborators and as individuals.

Artists Seth Clark and Jason Forck at work.

The show is the culmination of work that Clark and Forck completed during their Idea Furnace Residency at Pittsburgh Glass Center. Pairing glass and non-glass artists, the new program encourages artists to explore material, content and process as they develop and produce innovative, high-quality and diverse artworks. Throughout the year, Clark and Forck spent time working together, teaching one another, and experimenting with a variety of traditional and cutting-edge methods and materials. The residency also involved thoughtful planning and focused discussions, resulting in a cohesive exhibition that includes multiple collaborative works as well as pieces made individually.

Rooftop Study, hand blown glass, wood, stain, PVA.

Featured in Dissolution are panels of “blown glass collage,” that include shards of broken hot glass that were layered into a kiln and fused together. Visitors will also encounter two six-foot, three-dimensional installations made of wood, metal and glass that combine the style and techniques of both Clark and Forck. The unique exhibition also features a large-scale installation made of 27 intricately assembled and layered panels.

Augmenting these works are displays of Clark’s signature two-dimensional collages, along with new pieces that were fabricated using a kilncasting method called pâte de verre, which means paste of glass. Forck will also exhibit a series of “collapsing barn structures,” along with multiple interpretations of the Americana landscape.

A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Seth Clark grew up in Seekonk, Massachusetts. His drawings and paintings have been exhibited nationally, and in 2015, he was named Emerging Artist of the Year by Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. A 2012 Flight School Fellow, Clark is also the recipient of three Design Excellence Awards from the American Institute of Graphic Arts.

Raised on a small farm in Kansas, Jason Forck received his BFA from Emporia State University. Jason has exhibited work nationally and now serves as Education & Creative Projects Coordinator at the Pittsburgh Glass Center.

Don’t miss the free reception, which is open to the public, on Friday, October 7 from 6 to 9 p.m.

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Jennifer Baron

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...