David J. Schwarz | Z-Axis, . . .
David J. Schwarz
|Biography Statement Ask the Artist In the Studio|
David J. Schwarz received his Master of Science, with an emphasis in Glass, from Illinois State University, Normal, in 1982. He studied there with Joel Philip Myers . Schwarz taught at the Pilchuck Glass School from 1979 to 1986 in the summers. His works have been shown throughout the United States, in Canada, and in France.
Some of David Schwarz's glass sculptures are in the permanent collections of the City of Seattle; the Museum of Art and Archaeology, at the University of Missouri- Columbia; and the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York.
In understanding my work and to know why I do what I do, it will help to know a little about my background and a few of the major influences that have affected my directions.
For three generations now the men in my family have been engineers. When I completed my military tour in the Army in 1974, and with no idea what career I wished to pursue, the simplest and most obvious choice was to continue the tendency of my brothers, father, and grandfather and pursue a career in engineering. For two summers while going to school, I worked for the Washington State Department of Transportation surveying and inspecting concrete. While training for a career in engineering my escape and passion was jewelry. I had and I guess I still do have a weakness for the brilliance of a wonderfully cut gem.
My "Z-Axis" series represents my interest in illusionary space. In geometry, X-Axis is the horizontal line, the Y is the vertical, the Z-Axis is the imaginary line that goes back into space. I am interested in the Z-Axis--the physical and emotional perception of three-dimensional space through illusion. Optics, perspective, translucency, and color are all tools in trying to create a more perfect illusion.
I draw structures that read mass, and place them in an environment devoid of gravity. Through the use of optics I give the structures life and the freedom to move about my space.
I want my work to be visually explored. While the viewers eye is moving about my space I am hoping that the eye will evoke a physical reaction or sensation of weightlessness.
Where do you get the ideas for your work?
Do you work alone on your craft, or with others?
Do you ever teach, or take on apprentices?
What's the most exciting part of creating your works?
What's the most difficult part of creating your works?
What sort of technology do you use in your work? Has the technology of your craft changed dramatically over the past 100 years?
Do you have any advice for somebody just starting out?
Can you share a "secret of the trade" with us--something nobody else knows or that you found out only after years of experience? Put another way--what do you wish somebody had told you when you were just starting out that might have saved you hours of wasted effort?
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In the Studio
VIDEO (1 MB) Rolling the molten glass . . .
VIDEO (1.8 MB) Shaping the molten glass . . .
VIDEO (1.1 MB) Viewing "in the round"...
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