Martin Blank

Glass

Natural forms and elements are the building blocks of Martin Blank’s prolific output of blown glass objects and installations. Whether it’s exploring the human figure or depicting the elusive qualities of flowing water, he juxtaposes masses and voids to capture the fluidity of substance and …

Natural forms and elements are the building blocks of Martin Blank’s prolific output of blown glass objects and installations. Whether it’s exploring the human figure or depicting the elusive qualities of flowing water, he juxtaposes masses and voids to capture the fluidity of substance and motion in nature. “I work on the way forms relate to each other to cut a line in space that flows, turns, and carries the eye around the piece,” he says. “The forms reveal a negative space that is as vital and potent as the actual objects.”

Blank received a BFA degree from Rhode Island School of Design and later moved to Seattle to work on Dale Chihuly’s team. He has created many installations for private corporate lobbies and public spaces, among them the stunning Fluent Steps, a 200-foot-long outdoor sculpture at the Tacoma Museum of Glass. His work also has appeared in exhibits and collections of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art in Indiana, the Palm Springs Museum of Art, the Henry Ford Museum, The White Box Museum in Beijing, and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, among many others, and he has participated in dozens of artist residencies throughout the world. Blank has also been featured in numerous broadcasts and short films about his work.


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