Gateson Recko Artist Statement
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The universe encompasses everything that we know, and much
more that we are just beginning to learn. Since the age of
consciousness, man has looked to the skies with wonderment. It has only
been in the last few decades that true images of space have been
gathered. The Hubble space telescope has brought us priceless
information about what the universe looks like beyond our solar system.
From the formation of fledgling galaxies to the final days of stars like
our sun, we are now able to see outer space more clearly than ever.
In my most recent body of work, Universe Marbles, I use the sphere to
hold small pieces of what I imagine parts of the universe to look like.
While each sphere is small enough to hold in your hand, it opens a
window into the great expanse of outer space. My goal is to create
realistic, three dimensional, panoramic views of this uncharted
territory. Included in these scenes are nebulae made from fine silver
and 24k gold, galactic vortexes with opal moons, and an endless supply
of planet variations.
For the last
five years, I have worked almost exclusively on this body of work,
honing my skills and developing a language that is unique to myself and
the Universe Marble.
I am honored that my Marbles are in the Collection of both Corning and
Wheaton Museums of Glass
Recently, I was invited to participate in the Marble Exhibit at Wheaton
Marbles are flameworked borosilicate glass
The glass sphere is
formed from solid glass made molten in an oxygen and propane flame
A thin inner layer, sometimes twisted,
consisting of 24k gold and .999 fine silver fuming is created in
Pre made planets and other celestial components are
plunged into the core of the marble to create the three dimensional
A layer of black glass is coiled onto the back and the
back is completed using a design based on the
work is then puntied and hand shaped using graphite spherical graphite
Work must then be annealed in an oven for approximately 18 hours.
Most of the Marbles have elements Nebula Twist and Opal Moon
with Supernova Remnants