Mythologically Figurative: Glasswork by Dan Cummings
Dan Cummings is a glass artist and sculptor based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Dan’s works are often mythologically figurative, and utilize a range of glasswork techniques to achieve their aesthetics.
I love the distinct sense of flowing movement that Dan brings into each of his works – looking through his carved and etched glass gallery, my eyes are drawn across the entire plane of each work, usually by one or two decisive curved wave forms. In some cases, Dan utilizes these curved forms to build up the shape of a human figure, in other cases, crashing ocean waves and abstracted, shell-like details. The pearlescent coloring of these etched glass works reinforces their dreamy, oceanic subject matter.
In Dan’s gallery of glass sculpture, the artist uses carving and glass painting techniques to create colorful and intricately patterned sheets of glass. Many come in the form of table-tops, or decorative medallions. I really appreciate the use of color in these works – while still somewhat subdued, it speaks to a great sense of energy lying within each piece.