Dante Marioni

BUSCHLEN MOWATT, VANCOUVER
April 9 - 30


Red Mosaic Vase
blown glass

Seattle artist Dante Marioni began working in glass 20 years ago when he was only 15. Unlike the free-form, amorphous shapes to which he was first exposed, however, Marioni's glass pieces have an elegant geometry. At the age of 34, he is a world class artist with pieces in the Japanese National Museum of Craft, the New Zealand National Museum, the White House Collection, the Corning Museum of Art, and the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburg.

Marioni's important influences and training have included the sculptures of Ben Moore, glassworks by the Italian master Lino Tagliapietra, and technical direction under the auspices of the Pilchuk Glass School, where he later became an instructor from 1990-1997.

His immersive pursuit of this artform has been so complete that Marioni himself states that it has never crossed his mind to do anything but glass-blowing as a life career. His intense dedication can be seen in the endlessly intricate and variegated thematic developments of these pristine and deceptively simple shapes.

Talk by Dante Marioni
April 17, 7pm
Buschlen Mowatt Gallery
Free admission
Organized by the Contemporary
Art Society of Vancouver

© Mia Johnson