Korean Master Glass Artists Exhibit Work

Usually considered a practical medium for vases and windows, a current University Museum exhibit gives glass a new image.

"With all the transparency, translucency and opaqueness, glass can have a lot of different assets," said Jiyong Lee, organizer of the exhibit and the International Pre-Conference Glass Workshop.

In the museum installation titled "5,199 Miles Journey," nine Korean master glass artists demonstrate how the medium mirrors human perception. The works highlight glass's properties to both distort and accurately reflect. Layers of color and texture in various pieces show how glass can disguise or make clear.

In one work, a mirrored ball's almond-shaped "eyes" see divergent versions of its surroundings. In another installation, viewers peer through a wall's peep holes for varying views of passersby on the other side.

The possibilities for glass are so rich, not even glass artists are aware of them all, Lee said.

"I really want to expose a variety of aspects of glass to the students to give them a wide range they can pick and choose from later," said Lee, an assistant professor in the School of Art and Design. "It's important to see what other professional artists are doing in the different countries. I look forward to having this international exchange."

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