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Josh Simpson: Visionary Explorations in Glass

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Josh Simpson: Visionary Explorations in Glass

Josh Simpson: Visionary Explorations in Glass presents a 50-year retrospective of one of the most innovative glass artists of our time. Based in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, Josh Simpson has long been captivated by the fickle properties and phenomenal possibilities of red-hot molten glass. Largely self-taught, Simpson’s artistic vision marries groundbreaking techniques with new forms and materials and his intrepid experimentations have resulted in advances in the chemistry and artistry of glass. The connection between art and science runs deep for Simpson, who sources inspiration from nature, the night sky, and the universe beyond. Featured prominently in this exhibition are glass works that reflect the artist’s interest in cosmology and astronomy. For instance, Simpson’s glass planets were inspired by the Apollo astronauts’ description of seeing the Earth “hanging like a blue marble in space.” Other objects mimic the luminous interior found in tektites, objects that result from meteorites hitting the Earth.

Central to all of Simpson’s work is his talent, curiosity, and appetite for exploration. Drawn from the artist’s archives, the Springfield Museums’ holdings, and from private collections, this exhibition showcases the expansive range of Simpsons’ vision in the form of planets, platters, vessels, goblets, sculptures, copper baskets, and unique surprises. The display also includes new work, nodding to the artist’s ongoing quest to expand the boundaries of his medium.

Springfield Museums D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts
11:00 AM - 05:00 PM, every day through Jan 15, 2023.

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Springfield Museums
413-263-6800
info@springfieldmuseums.org

Artist Group Info

Josh Simpson
josh@megaplanet.com
Springfield Museums D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts
21 Edwards Street
Springfield, Massachusetts 01103
413-263-6800
info@springfieldmuseums.org