Warren Carther is a Canadian architectural glass artist and
sculptor who successfully combines conceptual, environmental and structural factors
into artistically and visually seamless monumental artworks that enhance the
landmark status of their sites. Carther works at various scales but is best
known for his monumental projects. His over one hundred site-specific works in
carved glass have been documented in numerous books and magazines worldwide.
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While Carther’s processes are innovative and intriguing, his aesthetic becomes the main focus of the viewer. With shapes that reference nature juxtaposed in a human-built environment, his work negotiates a line between representation and abstraction. In the artist’s own words, “the visual excitement of glass comes from how it interacts with light. As an artist working with glass, you are working with light in its purest form.” His work is luminescent in a different manner than traditional glass, due to its sculptural qualities. His creative process begins at the project site, where he studies the details of the space, company and client. Then, he starts his collaboration with architects, engineers, industrial fabricators, studio assistants, and eventually, installers. Though glass is generally considered to be a fragile medium, Carther’s technique creates glass that is stronger than granite when cut at the same thickness by working with quarter-inch plate glass using a cabinet sand blaster and lamination techniques. This thicker glass achieves both structural stability and full artistic expression, and the proprietary coloring techniques do not warp the glass or endanger the structural stability while also maintaining color integrity. Once completed, his works are also suited for outdoor climates and can withstand harsh weather and temperature extremes.
The Chronos Trilogy (1999), curated by James Cavello of Westwood Gallery NYC for the lobby of Lincoln House,
SELECTED PUBLIC WORKS