Josepha Gasch-Muche
„Cube“

March 1, 2015 – June 13, 2015

Light is refracted by the endless amount of sharp edges and corners. The artist Josepha Gasch-Muche arranges ultra-thin layers of glass on top of each other, creating geometrical objects. These resemble dynamic energetic fields rather than static cubes. The artist creates sculptures of light and glass, live and powerful picture-puzzles, partly with smooth and silky surfaces, partly with sharp, lightning-like edges. Light always plays a crucial role in Josepha Gasch-Muche’s glass objects.
Between March 1, 2015 and June 13, 2015, Galerie B, Contemporary Glass Art, in Sinzheim/Baden-Baden will present current works by the German artist under the title of “Cube”.

Josepha Gasch-Muche arranges ultra-thin layers of glass on top of and next to each other before bonding them invisibly. The alignment and density of these layers determine both the structure and the arrangement of her objects. The artist does not name her fascinating objects, she labels them according to their date of creation. Mostly, she creates geometrical shapes such as circles, triangles or squares.

In her current exhibition mostly, cubes can be admired. The homogenous texture of these cubes is constantly redefined by the different angles of incidence. If you walk around an object, you will perceive various different impressions. These changing moments strike a contrast with the stable, geometrical shape of the object. The physical phenomenon of light refraction in glass is multiplied by the countless layers. The slightest movement by the observer surrounding the object entails new light refractions. When daylight meets the staggered layers of glass, the surfaces are impressively awakened to life. Intensive and dynamic refractions are the result.


But Gasch-Muche also varies the shape in itself. It is equipped with cutouts or gates which allow us special insights and outlooks. A tilted cube becomes a dynamic diamond, sometimes the shape is coated with numerous fragments like an outer skin around an internal cavity. This way she creates charming and fascinating objects.

Josepha Gasch-Muche was born in the German Saarland region in 1944, studied with Boris Kleint and Günter Swiderski in the cities of Saarbrücken and Trier in the early 1980ies. She now lives and works in Hannover.
Initially, she created textured pictures with wire, iron filings and graphite dust on wood, canvas and Plexiglas. Since the late 1990ies, she has been working with thin glass, which is used to industrially produce devices such as displays of mobile phones. With special pliers, she breaks this glass into many shards. These are then arranged in layers, creating picture objects or sculptures. Today, this technique in perfection dominates her work. Despite glass being a heavy material, her objects appear very light. They sometimes resemble cosmic clouds of light or star clusters in outer space.


The artist has found a new method of fragmenting display glass into even thinner, more refined splinters by breaking them with pliers. These delicate pieces seem like icicles or fringes, causing even more light refractions. This way, Gasch-Muche achieves an even more intense effect. These new works will also be included in the exhibition.

Amongst others, the artist was awarded The Bombay Sapphire Prize – Final Selection, in London in 2006 and the 3. Coburger Glas Preis the same year, as well as the Bayerischen Staatspreis (Bavarian State Prize) in 2008.
The Cathedral of Salisbury is planning a group exhibition under the title “Reflection“, in 2016. For this location, Josepha Gasch-Muche will create the largest objects she has ever made.
The glass windows of the cathedral reflect different historical periods. Contemporary glass sculptures will be set in context with these old glass windows.

 

 

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