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
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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.