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The Interplay of Light: Glass art on display at New West gallery

Stained glass meets blown glass in this new exhibition at the Gallery at Queen's Park.
Glass art by Robert Friedman is on display in The Interplay of Light at the Gallery at Queen's Park, running until Oct. 1.

For artist Robert Friedman, every piece of work is designed with the interplay of light in mind.

You can experience the work of the glass artist in a new exhibition at the Gallery at Queen's Park, running until Oct. 1.

"What is most important to me is the interplay of light. Be it natural, fluorescent or incandescent, I will design the piece with this in mind," Friedman said in an artist's statement. "Everything I produce should make a statement,  sometimes subtle, many times less so. I always keep in mind the impact we have on our fragile planet."

A press release from the gallery notes Friedman has more than 40 years of experience in creating muralist-styled stained glass art, and he recently added a blown glass dimension to his work. He uses the play of light and fine lead lines in a quest to achieve a depth of detail that's almost three-dimensional.

Friedman has worked on major installations such as the Lutz Hoffschild installation in the Scotia Centre in Edmonton, the largest stained glass in Western Canada. He has also worked on stained glass in two of Vancouver's major churches: the restoration of Holy Rosary Cathedral and the restoration and a new installation at St. Andrew's Wesley Church in Vancouver.

With his recent addition of glass blowing, Friedman melds the two glass forms by tailoring hot glass into flat glass to give it a sculptural bent.

The Interplay of Light is at the Gallery at Queen's Park, Arts New West's gallery at Centennial Lodge,  until Oct. 1. It's open Wednesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

An opening reception is set for Friday, Sept. 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. On Sunday, Sept. 17, you can stop in to the gallery for an artist talk and demonstration by Friedman.

You can find more details about the artist at his website.



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