‘What I've always really been interested in is space. Even when I made a single Cylinder or Macchia, my interest was always in space. I was thinking not of the object itself, but how the object would look in a room.’ Dale Chihuly
A new exhibition by Dale Chihuly opens at Halcyon Gallery on the 8 February. Dale Chihuly: Beyond the Object sees the American artist respond to the interior architecture of the building – transforming the New Bond Street gallery space with his distinctive hand-blown glass sculptures.
Visitors who enter the gallery walk beneath the Persian Pergola Ceiling, an immersive canopy of colour, form and light. It announces the Persian series focus in this exhibition that includes Persian Walls and his new Persian Crescent artworks. This is the first time Chihuly has created a Persian Pergola Ceiling for a gallery setting.
Furthering the encounter between artworks and space, three of the six new Chandeliers created for this exhibition are suspended over ground installations. The Cranberry Spire Chandelier and Amethyst Icicle Tower creates a striking negative space between their pointed forms, the Aero Blue Chandelier entwines with Cerise Pink Reeds and the Citron Chandelier merges into Lime Green Fiori.
Dale Chihuly: Beyond the Object is the first time the artist has displayed neon artworks in the UK. The 2013 Sapphire Neon Tumbleweeds represent Chihuly’s continued interest in using neon in his artworks. The new wall-mounted Fiori artworks see the artist further his experimentation with form and colour; each individual installation reflects a different combination. These are the latest and more minimalist expressions of Chihuly’s Fiori series, which first appeared as Mille Fiori (Italian for a thousand flowers).
Other artworks on view include Fire Orange Baskets, Macchia and Drawings.
British designer Sir Paul Smith has written the introduction to the exhibition catalogue, which is now available from the gallery.
The first artwork ever commissioned by Harrods, Chihuly’s Amber and Gold Chandelier, will be unveiled in the new Grand Hall entrance on 5 February 2014. The 16 feet wide Chandelier is made up of 1,400 hand-blown glass elements and includes a new diamond-esque Chandelier piece, the Frond, created for use in the artwork.
Of his London exhibition, Dale Chihuly said: ‘I’m excited to have this new exhibition opening at Halcyon Gallery, which presents many new architectural installations. I’ve done a lot of shows around the world and increased the visibility of glass to the public—showing that a glass form is not just a functional vessel or a little bubble, but it can be many different things to many different people. I hope everyone enjoys the artwork.’
Paul Green, President of Halcyon Gallery, said: ‘Dale Chihuly: Beyond the Object allows the viewer to immerse themselves in Chihuly’s work like never before through a series of awe-inspiring installations. The exhibition shows new works representing the breadth and scope of the artist’s vision over the last four decades. Chihuly’s work is yet to be rivalled.’