Möten-Ett annat nu

@The Glass Factory Boda

19/10 2019 - 4/10 2020

Glaskonstnärsduon BarroLevén undersöker möten. Mellan glas och rum, ljus och skugga, rörelse och stillhet. De rör sig mellan traditionellt glashantverk och sökande experiment.

I mötet mellan det klara, rena hyttglaset och den råa, industriella isoleringsprodukten Foamglas sker reaktioner och nya uttryck uppkommer. Det groteska och det sköna ryms sida vid sida. Glaset som skulptur, film och projektion bygger en rumslig installation där perspektiven växlar, mellan micro och macro, det inre och det yttre.

Ulrika Barr och Kristina Levén började sitt samarbete under studietiden på Konstfack där BarroLevén växte fram som en tredje konstnär, i mötet mellan de två. De undersöker glaset som atmosfärskapare i förhållande till rum och riktar sig till platser för paus, återhämtning och kontemplation.

Möten-ett annat nu @Theglassfactory, Barroleven

"World of Glass"

@ Blås & Knåda, Stockholm


Värld av glas

Glober, sfärer och kollapsade former. Ett spänningsfält mellan inre och yttre världar. Inom räckhåll eller långt bortom?

En värld, där skevhet samsas med värdighet.

Skumglas, den industriella isoleringsprodukten av förkastat, återvunnet glas, utgör grunden. I mötet mellan det råa skumglaset och det klara, varma glaset från degeln sker reaktioner och nya världar uppstår.

Glas som skulptur, film och projektion bygger en rumslighet där perspektiven växlar; mellan mikro och makro, mellan det greppbara och oändligheten.

Within and Beyond @ Galleri Glas


The exhibition Within and Beyond has emerged in the interplay between two artists and in dialogue between their artistry. BarroLevén’s starting point is a society in which efficiency and productivity are highly valued, a society in which pauses disappear all too easily, and space for existential questions and needs along with them. Sweden currently faces major health issues with rising sick leave numbers due to stress-related illness. The causes are complex and stress in life is nothing new, but one of the changes seems to be that recovery no longer comes to us naturally. How can the artistic voice through glass contribute to spaces for rest and recovery in today’s urban environment?

BarroLevén uses the qualities of glass to awaken curiosity and small moments of wonder, creating space for a pause through a sensual experience. In Within and Beyond, perspectives shift in a play between micro and macro, and in a shift between inner and outer elements. Through an interplay of several components, spatiality is created – a room to enter, to be in, to behold.

Glass Stones – hot-sculpted glass with a core of Foamaglas© and glass dyes
Inside – macro-film of the Glass Stones’ inner world
Glass membranes – fused window glass in layers joined with a leaded-glass technique

The glass stones emerged during an intuitive exploration of materials in the glass studio, where Foamaglas©, an industrial insulation product made of expanded glass, was combined with powdered glass dye and the clear glass from the crucible. In this union, a reaction and continued expansion takes place which can only be controlled to some extent. The stones are sculpted on a pipe, where piece by piece of the hot, soft glass is cut on, poured out and hardened in a shape influenced by rotation and gravity. In the compact transparency, light refractions awaken worlds and their own stories arise in convergence with the viewer. Inside and out change places through a macro-film of the inside of the glass stones projected on the walls of the room. Viewers are offered the chance to enter the inner world of the glass stones.

The free-hanging glass sculptures made with a leaded-glass technique create membranes between here and there. Layers of window glass have been melted together and joined, piece by piece. The glass captures the light, refracts it and allows only some to pass through, like a membrane breathing light.

Within and Beyond @ Konstfack Spring Show, 2018

The Path @ Infra City, Upplands Väsby, 2017

“The Path Is a sculpture of wandering through transparency that thickens and fades out. Layer by layer, side by side.”