RBC Award for Glass 2013
This prestigious national award allow practicing early career glass artists to undertake a period of independent research, or other activities that advance their artistic and professional practice at a key moment in their careers. Award winners receive $10,000. The Selection Committee is comprised of highly respected contemporary glass artists (both sculptural and functional) and other arts professionals.
2013 winners were announced and the awards presented at a gala event on November 9, 2013.
RBC recognizes the role that the arts play in vibrant communities and strong economies, and that enabling the next generation of artists to succeed is essential to continued vitality. From visual arts and music, to performing arts, writing and filmmaking, investing in emerging artists is a long-standing priority at RBC.
Whether it is the material's rare combination of strength and fragility, the unmistakable relationship with light and optics, or it's storied roots in vessel making and functional design, Turner work seeks to elevate these characteristics.
"through much of my development, it is my Balance body of work that exemplifies this mandate. These pieces are a recombination of traditional glass forms, and do literally balance on a single point. While working within a formal study of composition and visual weight, I hope to capture the beauty, rarity and value of the balanced state."
Held in place by the unique qualities and characteristics of it's individual components, each piece is a true one-of-a-kind object.
Elevated Balance #4
hand blown glass & polished stainless steel (comprised of two unattached components) - 2009
Elevated Balance #5
hand blown glass & polished stainless steel (comprised of two unattached components) - 2011
11" x 11" x 19"
Part sculpture, part design, this Combo plays on our fixation with efficiency, mobility and multi-function. The vase sits atop the bowl, and you can use each piece separately. But is the functionality of the individual parts more valuable, or is it the novelty of the whole that is truly intriguing?
Handmand glass, chrome & synthetic casters.
average 10.5" in diameter
the multiple facets of these bowls highlight the irregular, liquid features of the hot glass process, as the frosted surface treatment is a direct product of the glass form. With multiple bases to choose from, you decide which direction they sit.
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Native to Calgary, Alberta, Brad Turner received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Alberta College of Art + Design, and recently completed a four year Artist Residency at the Harbourfront Centre in downtown Toronto. He creates a mix of sculptural and functional glass objects with a focus on conceptual originality, diversity, and clean design. Maintaining an honest use of material, Turner's glasswork seeks to elevate the medium's unique characteristics, whether it's the rare combination of strength and fragility, the unmistakable relationship with light and optics, or it's stories roots in vessel-making and functional design.
In addition to his artistic training, Turner holds a Bachelor of Kinesiology from the University of Calgary, having earlier pursued an interest in physical activity and awareness. This continues to inform his work, often incorporating movement, balance and personal interaction.