Robert Geyer received his BFA from the Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver and MFA from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. He uses hot formed, cast, sheet and recycled glass to make work that intrinsically showcases the distinct properties of the material. By enacting interventions into the historic usage of glass as object or commercial product his artwork creates a tension between sculptural form and subtle phenomena through the interplay of light, colour and visual perception. Geyer is a member of the faculty at Alberta College of Art + Design.
“I am interested in the unexpected possibilities of readily available objects and materials. The use of glass has become commonplace in industry and architecture but the material has strong historical associations with colour and phenomenology that make it an ideal medium for my investigations. Since the advent of fibre-optics, glass rods are in abundant supply. Their banal usage in telecommunications, however, underutilizes the amorphous properties that my sculptures bring forth. Using simplified versions of the same economical means that are used in the making of fibre-optics, I make glass rods that recapture the magical properties of colour and phenomenology. I want recognition of the more organic experience of vitrified light and colour that the rods provide. When I place many glass rods of various lengths, thicknesses and tints together in a corner or against a wall, they become metonymic mirrors of a formless murmur of light and colour, much like the earliest moment in an Alberta sunrise.”
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