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Things Modenus Loves – Alison Berger: Glass, light and memory

Alison Berger’s  medium of choice is light and her material is glass. She uses age-old glass blowing techniques to create glass forms which feel simultaneously old world and modern. She says Glass captures the process of remembering and, as the light fades, forgetting.”

Born in Dallas, Texas, Alison Berger trained and worked as an architect. But after apprenticing with glass artist Dale Chihuly, Berger began to devote herself to glass design and it is a pleasure to be able to show some of her work.  This is a detail from her Crystal Sphere Chandelier, a piece that combines  an essential simplicity of form with a sophisticated use of hand blown and crafted glass.

Lure Sconce features the same simplicity and sophistication. Light is very much part of Bergers’ work. In some ways it is the purpose of it. There is no sense that these are beautiful glass objects that can be used as lights. These are lights which use the medium of glass and its qualities to the fullest.

Mirrored pendant chandelier is a cascade of glass, wire and light. Nothing is hidden there are no tricks. The form is at once complex and simple. Berger’s work  includes several, limited-edition lines of glass objects, lighting and also furniture that bridge her architectural and sculptural sensibilities, as well as ongoing large-scale, site-specific commissions. She has designed objects for film and music videos, such as Practical Magic, Tank Girl and Madonna’s Bedtime Stories, and was one of a select group of artists commissioned by Rei Kawakubo, founder of Comme des Garçons, to create an architectural installation as a backdrop for her glass objects at the company’s Tokyo Showroom. We could talk, and write about it until we run out of breath but we know you are distracted and are probably not listening. You are staring at the pictures of her work and that is hardly surprising. They are mesmerizingly beautiful.

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