This week, Lino Tagliapietra’s glass art will be featured at SOFA Chicago. The annual exhibition of sculpture, objects, functional art and design at Chicago’s Navy Pier runs from November 1st through the 4th. Exhibiting through Schantz Galleries, this year’s collection features newer works by Lino, including the spectacular installation The Secret Garden, as well as pieces from the Maestro’s Florencia and Taipei series.
Inspired by Venice’s hidden parks, the Secret Garden installation features 12 individually blown leaves in warm oranges in reds whose lines of cane demonstrate the Pilchuk ‘96 technique perfected by the Maestro. Displayed as a group, the leaves spread across the wall, scattered by a brisk autumn wind.
A similar colour palette appears in several works from Lino’s Florencia series, whose striking murrini feature prominently in the collection that will be shown at SOFA. Taking inspiration from the rich history and culture of the Italian city of Florence, Lino designed several colour schemes for the Florencia murrini, whose petal-like shapes stretch across a variety of vessels.
Particularly striking is the bi-coloured Dinosaur created in 2017. Halved by two styles of murrini, one side of the artwork features a golden hue while the other contrasts with a deep, cool, mix of blues, purples, and reds. The intersection of colour reaches all the way to the tip of the Dinosaur’s curving neck, demonstrating Lino’s well-honed skills.
Drawing inspiration from another storied culture, Lino also created works that reflect upon his trip to Taiwan in the spring of 2017. Two vessels from the Taipei series will be shown at SOFA and feature a monochromatic design reminiscent of inky calligraphy.
Hope to see you in Chicago!