Twelve artists took part in this third iteration of a collaborative project with the aim to promote glass as an expressive medium within the South African art milieu. Blow Your Sculpture also strives to grow our local hand-made glass industry.
This year’s artists are:
Guy du Toit
Peter du Toit
Richard John Forbes
Martli Jansen van Rensburg
and Lothar Böttcher (Instigator & Curator)
The opening night exceeded all expectations with tons of guests arriving to experience and delight in the multitude of works on display. The Art Museum was a hive with people from all over buzzing in conversations, mingling and taking photos with their favourite pieces.
Such a phenomenal turnout surely is a sign of BYS’s success in promoting creative glass. Each artist had their own approach on how they interpreted this limitless and versatile material. Their narratives ranged from heads to illumination, glass carpentry to mixed media installations and much much more.
Blow Your Sculpture is the brainchild of Lothar Böttcher who launched the first event during the Pretoria CoolCapital biennale in 2014. This first collaboration was exhibited at Modern Art Projects and is now in their permanent collection in Graskop.
In 2016 BYS took place again with the added parameter to ad light with, upon or onto the sculptures. The exhibition was staged in two parts – the first was hosted in the open air at the Pretoria Botanical Gardens for two nights whereafter all the works were installed at the Pretoria Art Museum.
Now, after an absolutely successful launch, the exhibition will be catalogued and used for promotion. BYS is looking for sponsorship to grow the concept and allow students and other artists, who don’t have the financial means, to participate.
Blow Your Sculpture is growing and there is already talk of the next collaboration – possibly in 2021…?