Intimate messages of moments in time are expressed through colorful compositions of fluid lines and a frenetic collage of details. This body of hand-glazed clay forms epitomizes a creative collaboration between Dick and Cappy, drawing inspiration from 15th-century folklore to modern-day graffiti. Throughout this series, the artists freely borrow from and reinterpret their sources. This dynamic duo of two distinct voices becomes one, where religion, nature and humans are layered with everyday stories and humor. [for full exhibition description, please download press release]
Dick’s diary-like text and gestural splatters intentionally slip into Cappy’s rich narratives. Bird forms show up in many guises from Frakturs of Pennsylvania Dutch origin, to Mexican folk art, Korean 19th century painting and 1960s children’s book illustration. These designs have a strong self-assertion over the clay surface, portraying an effortless mastery of ideas and forms. It is a celebration of clay and paint media and an unbounded collaborative friendship.
Thompson’s work is held in esteemed collections such as the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, New York, Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia, Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, Washington. Weiss’ work is held in important collections throughout the world, including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York.
Cappy Thompson has been painting glass since 1976. She started her career as a stained glass painter and became internationally recognized for her reverse-painted narratives on glass using the grisaille (or gray-tonal) painting technique. Her works have been shown and collected internationally. Recent works include architectural-scale public art installations in painted glass.
Weiss was born in Everett Washington and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University. He began teaching at Pilchuck Glass School in 1982, and has completed commissions for the Bellevue Art Museum, Washington, the Port of Shanghai, Shanghai, China, the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Washington, and the University of Washington, Seattle. His work can be found in impressive collections around the world including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the Corning Museum of Glass in New York.