Evan Coronis: Penumbra

October 30, 2015 - March 12, 2016

Glass is a material intimately connected with the ways in which human beings experience the world. Perhaps because it is so common, or because it is usually transparent, we often don’t notice its presence and how it affects our senses.

Evan Coronis exploits the ability of glass to transmit, reflect, and refract light. He uses bulky hexagonal forms cast in cloudy, unrefined industrial glass as the basis of Penumbra. Their raw texture and heft lend his installation weight and physicality.

The white light Coronis throws on and through his honeycomb-like structures works a kind of magic. Penumbras are cast in all directions, creating a dynamic three-dimensional drawing in glass, light, and shadow.

— Mara Williams, Chief Curator

My love for glass casting started with the process of handling molten glass with a ladle, experiencing the heat, and watching the transformation between fluid and solid glass. I learned from the material and began engaging with it in an analytical way, the variables being spatial dynamics and light in relation to a specific environment.

Penumbra is constructed of cast glass, wood, aluminum brackets, and epoxy. For a year I worked with the conceptual aspects of spatial manipulation, using sharp, clean, and ethereal shapes cast in glass. My experimentation led me to the use of hexagons, which can be found in microscopic aspects of the natural and synthetic world all around us.

— Evan Coronis


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October 30, Friday, 5:30 p.m. – Opening Reception