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Robert Dane

Robert Dane - glass artist, Dane Gallery, Nantucket, MA

Visit my website: www.robertdane.com

The themes I have always focused on are of a continuum revolving around life and growth. There is an optimism inherent in my work which I have tried to reinforce in the face of a seemingly constant barrage of negativity and pessimism coming at us from many sources. The beauty of Nature in its many forms continues to inspire me and inform my work. We are often too absorbed by the day to day of our own small existence to visualize and recognize the grand scheme which is transpiring around us. My aim is to celebrate the beauty of the progression of life as it ever unfolds and reveals itself.

My most recent series of sculpture is inspired by the folkloric tradition of Afto-Cuban percussion and dance. The music that come from Africa to the Caribbean and the Americas is based not on the individual, but on the group efforts of the community. It takes everyone in the group, playing their part, to create the melody. I find a strong correlation between this community ritual, and the teamwork of the Italian glassblowing tradition. These pieces are blown and hot-worked solid glass, mounted on wooden bases. I celebrate the expression of community, its music, rituals and identity, with my masks, drums, and dancers.

EDUCATION:

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts 2002
Pilchuck Glass School 1988. 1989. 1998
Perland School for Crafts 1982
University of Massachusetts, Amherst 1977-78
Massachusetts College of Art, Boston 1975 BFA

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

1996-2005 Dane Gallery, Nantucket, MA
1994 Miller Gallery, New York, NY
1993 Snyderman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
1991 Snyderman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
         Vespermann Gallery, Atlanta, GA    
1989 Snyderman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
         Kurland/Summers Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1987 Holsten Galleries, Palm Beach, FL
         Sara Squeri Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
         The Hand and the Spirit, Scottsdale, AZ
1985 Holsten Galleries, Palm Beach, FL
         Barstons Gallery, Baltimore, MD
         The Hand and the Spirit, Scottsdale, AZ
1984 Saugatuck Gallery, Westport, CT

MUSEUM COLLECTIONS:
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY
Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY
Fuller Museum of Art, Brockton, MA
Glasmuseum, Ebeltoft, Denmark
Museum of American Glass, Millville, NY
Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown, MD

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