Liam Reeves


Working exclusively with blown glass, I utilise advanced techniques developed during the medium’s two millennia of rich history. I learn, practice and adapt these methods in order to explore themes and ideas informed by my own experience… An experience influenced in no small way by the ongoing developments in the continuum of technological progression.

As technology advances, the ways that we perceive, understand, and influence the world around us are also changing. As every aspect of human experience permeates through the filter of electronic manipulation, actual experience becomes more entwined with the virtual. Through the use of digital tools, it becomes possible to understand form purely in terms of mathematical co-ordinates, using 3D modelling to create objects made from nothing more than pure information, existing only in a theoretical space. Through the use of the oscilloscope it also becomes possible to observe sound as a visual phenomenon, enabling a synaesthesia between the audible and the visual. In parallel, the concept of craftsmanship itself is transforming; skill in using digital media has become comparable to skill in manipulating molten glass or other materials.

My work uses the tradition, technique and language of glassblowing as a lens through which to explore the effect these kinds of technological advance have on the way that we interface with our environment… and ultimately their inherent transience as innovations are superseded in their own evolution.

Born  1975.

Education
2009-11
  Royal College of Art MA Ceramics and Glass.
1995-98   Middlesex University.  B.A. Honors Three-Dimensional
Design (Glass).
1994  Kingsway College. BTEC. National Diploma, Art & Design

Awards
2011
  The Best of the Best, Art in Action
2011  CGS Glass prizes at New Designers
2010  RCA Charlotte Fraser Award

Selected Exhibitions
2011 
 London Glassblowing Gallery, London
Art in Action. Waterperry House, Oxfordshire
The Show 2011. Royal College of Art MA Show, London
2010  C.H.A.S.E. Royal College of Art, London
Art in Action. Waterperry House. Oxfordshire. 
Out of Practice. Siobhan Davies Studios. London.
Zest Gallery, London
2009  Glass Echoes 2, The Crypt Gallery. London.
2008  A Month of Sundays. 288 Portobello Rd. London.  
Glass v Metal, Craze Gallery. London
2007  Hidden, Royal College of Art, London
Liam Reeves/Anthony Harris, Turf Gallery, London

Publications
2011  The Evening Standard Homes and Property. Pg 10
“The Art of Not Making”, Michael Petry. Thames and Hudson. Pg 195
2010  “The Daily Telegraph”, 27 November
“Design Week”, 14 June
2008  “Contemporary Glass”. Various. Black Dog Publishing. Pg 129

 

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