Judith Schaechter "Mad Meg"
I have two pieces of fantastic news related to stained glass sorceress and Phantasmaphile pal, Judith Schaechter.
First off, she has a glowing (literally) new show up at Claire Oliver gallery called "Beauty and the Beef." This work is filed under the "must see in person" category. It's difficult to describe her colored light boxes in a way that does it justice: melted candy mazes; church windows on acid; crystallized fictions... But whatever you decide to call it, be sure to see the show by June 26th. Unmissable.
Secondly, I'll have the honor of hosting Ms. Schaechter at OBSERVATORY on Saturday, June 5th. Please come! It will be such a treat to hear her speak:
“The Beautiful Experience” with Judith Schaechter
Date: Saturday, June 5th
Presented by Phantasmaphile
World-renowned stained glass artist, Judith Schaechter, will share her thoughts on Beauty through an image-rich presentation based upon her own research and ruminations.
Her talk is in response to the growing dialogue in the art world started by Dave Hickey 17 years ago, when he first published his book “The Invisible Dragon: Four Essays in Beauty.”
In Ms. Schaechter’s words: “As someone who’s always approached the fine arts from a sort of wonky angle — a female craftsperson from Philadelphia who is adamantly figurative and decorative — I have a personal stake in the notion that beauty is not ALWAYS in the eye of the beholder, but sometimes in the object beheld.”
Judith Schaechter has lived and worked in Philadelphia since graduating in 1983 with a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design Glass Program. She has exhibited widely, including in New York, Los Angeles and Philadelphia. She is the recipient of many grants, including the Guggenheim Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships in Crafts, The Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, The Joan Mitchell Award, two Pennsylvania Council on the Arts awards, The Pew Fellowship in the Arts and a Leeway Foundation grant. Her work is in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Corning Museum of Glass, The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution and numerous other collections. Judith has taught at The Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle, The Penland School of Crafts, Toyama Institute of Glass (Toyama, Japan), Rhode Island School of Design, The Pennsylvania Academy, the New York Academy of Art and at The University of the Arts. Judith’s work was included in the 2002 Whitney Biennial and she is a 2008 USA Artists Rockefeller Fellow.
She currently has an exhibition at Claire Oliver Gallery, “Beauty and the Beef,” up until June 26.