Klaus Moje Views
Klaus Moje leans against a bench in front of the quartet of large glass rectangles that make up his work The Portland Panels: Choreographed Geometry, a bold and intricate swath of art that hints at gray skies and wispy clouds and sharply angled bridges but keeps such intimations at a whisper, barely noticeable and, really, hardly important at all.
As a German Down Under, glass-art virtuoso Klaus Moje has single-handedly made Australia a hub for that fine art's evolution. Artist before artisan, Moje creates his inventive and alchemical work inside a kiln tmdash; a technique (called a"kiln-forming/") that deviates from the more traditional practice of glassblowing. Within the furnace, temperatures tip 1700 degrees Fahrenheit as countless pieces of glass smdash; rods, strips, and other choice scraps mmdash; are patterned and then fused into intricately polychromatic pieces that seem to imagine color-field paintings in 3-D as well as handsome flat panels. For instance, Moje's ambitious, four-paneled masterpiece, The Portland Panels: Choreographed Geometry (made specifically for this comprehensive, 68-object exhibition), contains 22,000 hand-cut strips of glass.
The newest gallery show at Bullseye in Portland, OR is Klaus Moje, Constructed. It will be on display from December 1 – January 22, 2011. Klaus is one of the most important and influential figures in kiln formed glass. His work is a permanent fixture at Bullseye, living throughout the many parts of the facility. Having seen his art up close I have an appreciation for both the technical and artistic aspects. Both are necessary. Klaus has spent the last 25 years in Australia where was director of Canberrae’s Glass Workshop. If you get a chance to stop by the gallery in Portland please do, yous’ll be quite happy you did.
Klaus Moje is accompanied by a fully illustrated color catalogue with an essay by London-based glass specialist Dan Klein and a special section on the technical challenges met during the creation of The Portland Panels. The catalogue is available for purchase in the Museum Shop. Members: $22.45; non-members: $24.95.