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Gallery Floor Talk with Nicholas Burridge

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Gallery Floor Talk with Nicholas Burridge


Join us as we learn about the experimentation, ideas and creations behind our current exhibition in discussion with the artists. This gallery floor talk will be held in the Canberra Glassworks foyer and will be an opportunity to engage with the glass community. Everyone is welcome and there are absolutely no silly questions. We are all here to learn. 


Showing at Canberra Glassworks: 13 January to 25 February 2023

This exhibition is inspired by the concept of terraforming, a concept which literally translates to "Earth-shaping", a process that aims to modify the atmosphere, temperature, surface topography, or ecology of a planet, moon, or other celestial body to make it suitable for life. Burridge has developed a conceptual framework around geology, time, and industrialisation, which offers a unique perspective on the relationship between craftsmanship and raw materials. He explores these ideas by working with rudimentary materials in combination with industrial techniques, to transform material in unexcepted ways.

In 2023, Burridge undertook a residency at Canberra Glassworks to develop and explore naturally formed glass, where heat and pressure was applied to basalt, to form obsidian. These intriguing rock-glass hybrids exist only through human intervention, shedding light on our industrial capabilities and our indifference to the natural environment. They also serve as a poignant reminder of the immense geological forces that have shaped our planet over millennia.

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