MARLENE ROSE EXHIBIT:
ON VIEW THROUGH JANUARY 3rd, 2021
“The glass immortalizes a glimpse of something fleeting, something beyond the present moment, and takes that moment and freezes it forever. Through the glass, you can see times that have passed… and you can put into the glass any future that you wish to create. Then the glass comes truly alive.”
As Imagine Museum moves into the winter holiday season, we are pleased to offer a new exhibit by Marlene Rose. Marlene Rose is a sandcast glass artist from our region who has achieved national recognition for her masterful art. We started our year of special exhibits bringing you the works of internationally recognized master of sandcasted glass from Sweden, Bertil Vallien. Now, we cap the year with a very special local artist who has carried on this remarkable technique and tradition. Visit Imagine Museum and see for yourself the international influences of art making and its impact on our local artists who live and work on the Gulf Coast.
MARLENE ROSE BREATHES LIFE AND BEAUTY INTO WHATEVER SHE MAKES.
Marlene Rose is part of the seismic shift in the glass world, away from an emphasis on technique to the realization that all work must stand alone as pure sculptural art.
This art just happens to be made in glass, and almost incidentally exploits the rich and unique characteristics to compound its beauty.
One is struck by the sheer range of Rose’s creations, which run from the coolly abstract to deeply calm figurative spirituality, and then to vivid and lively invention.
Here is a woman in a traditionally male-dominated field. Even so, few artists have the fortitude and technical skill to work at pouring liquid molten glass.
The gracious ease of Rose’s work belies its fiery birth.
GLASS CASTING: A MOST DANGEROUS DANCE OF HEAT AND LIGHT
With more recent technologies, a whole new field of sculptural glass has arisen, in this case using ancient metal-casting techniques. Characterized by rich sculptural forms and strong textures, this approach is exemplified by the work of pioneer glass-caster Marlene Rose.
Rose pours liquid molten glass into a carefully prepared sand mold, then cools it for six days or more in a specially controlled oven before cracking open the mold and seeing what she has made.
EXCLUSIVE GIFTS AT MUSEUM STORE
Whether for yourself or someone special, take home a one-of-a-kind Marlene Rose glass sculpture. The life and beauty she so passionately breathes into her work is yours to enjoy every day.