Martin Blank, born August 29, 1962, received his BFA in glass from the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, in 1984, under instruction from Bruce Chow, a colleague of Dale Chihuly.
Glass Chandeliers by Dale Chihuly.
Waterfall Blue Persian Set by Dale Chihuly.
After graduating, Blank also spent time as a collaborator with Dale Chihuly's team of glass blowers in Stanwood, Washington. In 1986, he established his own independent studio known as Martin Blank Studios located in Seattle, Washington. Blank's list of public exhibitions contains international venues—the Millenium Museum, Bejing, China; the Shanghai Museum of Fine Art; and the American Embassy in Slovakia—to mention a few.
When speaking of his art, Blank uses terms such as “mirroring,” “dialogue,” “resonance,” and “exploration.” He has a fundamental understanding of the use of and interplay between positive and negative space. These concepts are clearly visible in his Untitled blown-glass piece. Untitled is expressive of many things in nature. It could represent an orchid in full bloom, a flame engulfing a crumpled page of paper, or a cobra with its hood spread fully open. It could be viewed as a confectioner's creation of holiday ribbon candy or wax candy lips. The ebbs and flows of the glass do mirror, dialogue, and resonate with each other, and viewing the piece at different angles provides new and interesting implications.
is a gift of the Edward F. Anixter Family Foundation in memory of Edith Anixter. It is located on the 18th floor of the Gonda Building in Rochester, Minnesota.
Glass Chandeliers by Dale Chihuly.Mayo Clin Proc. 2001; 76: 1176
Waterfall Blue Persian Set by Dale Chihuly.Mayo Clin Proc. 2005; 80: 578
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