“Translucent, fragile, fluid yet hard, free blown glass and its magical depths became my creative friends and explorer over a decade ago. Over this time span, transparency, translucency, bottomless variety of form and unyielding nature of glass gained my affection permanently. Maybe that’s why I allow glass to retain its “creative license” to complete my ideas.”
From: Pennsylvania, originally from Czechoslovakia | Medium: Blown, carved, sand-blasted and rusted glass
Alexander Fekete first arrived to the U.S. on Fulbright Scholarship in 1992 and received his MFA two years later. His affair with sculpted glass started around the same time, coming into clearer focus over the last decade. He was born in then Czechoslovakia. His work is available at several galleries including this Scottsdale art gallery. The Marshall Gallery of Fine Art is pleased to represent and showcase the fine glass sculptures of Alex Fekete.
“Sketching initiates the hands-on process. The essence of form is created on the pipe by free blowing and shaping. The hot shop stage exploration is direct. Mishaps end up back in the furnace. At times frustrating, but often pointing to a new direction or return to sketching. In the cold shop, cutting exposes the sought after curves, grinding and sanding fine-tunes the details. Surface carving and sandblasting provide the texture. Sandblasted is the preferred finish as it allows a better grasp of lines and forms. Polishing is used sparingly. When employed, it enables the objects to morph better with the surrounding space or to highlight volumes within. Some work requires assembly, inclusion of laminated glass, steel elements or iron oxide coating.
Pebbles and river stones are shaped by nature and frequently turn into focal points. In a broad sense – forming, shaping, abrasion and polishing of pebbles by elements mirrors what happens at the studio. This however does not constitute the reason for their inclusion. Departing from glassblowing tradition, the substantial walls and asymmetrical shapes are the consequence of sculptural pursuit predating glass engagement, that of free-flowing and minimal forms. The focus on Form has left some unique qualities associated with glass, brilliant colors especially, beyond the horizons of interest. Attention to visually refined detail is critical, both for the piece created and as jump off point for the future work. Glass is an active co-author all along. Strictly imposing my will rarely delivered.”
Fulbright Scholarship, 1992
Excellence Award, Ohio Designer Craftsmen
Best Sculpture Award, Mitchel Museum, IL
Cohn Family Trust prize, Philadelphia Museum of Art craft show
Excellence in Glass Award, West Palm Beach Craft Show
SOFA Chicago & SOFA New York
Crafts America & Craft Boston Shows
National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia
Provena Medical Centers in Urbana and Danville, IL