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from the glassworks GW17/16 (black glass) Sculpture

Juliet Vles


Sculpture, Acrylic on Wood

Size: 48.4 W x 39.4 H x 2.4 D in

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NEW GLASSWORKS Between 1997 and 2003, I made a great many installations and sculptures of industrial glass - a medium difficult to handle but unique as to its infinite esthetical possibilities. These works were regrouped as « the glassworks ». The new glassworks and reverse glass paintings that have been created since 2017 are a logical continuation of the initial series and draw on the technical experience I acquired during that period. (For an overview of the glassworks, please go to Enlarge the picture by clicking on it. More information can be found by clicking on the « i » on top on the right side of the page.) REVERSE GLASS PAINTING by Leon Taveling (extract) The technique of reverse glass painting consists in painting the back side of a glass panel which is then reversed so that the mirror image can be viewed through the glass. This art form is known since the Middle Ages. During the 19th century, it became very popular in Bohemia, where local artists used it under the name of « Hinterglasmalerei » for naïve paintings of mostly religious and pastoral motifs. If the traditional form of reverse glass painting is exclusively figurative and executed with elaborate artisanal precision, contemporary artists have usurped the classical technique to create brute work of industrial glass, inspired by minimalism and arte povera. Conform to this interpretation, Vles’ glassworks freely play with light, transparency and reflexions to create an abstract and luminous oeuvre. The Solaris series are mosaics of pieces of broken glass, glued on wood panels and inserted, intarsia-like, into an acrylic-painted wooden support. At first sight, the complementary paintings on wood and glass seem to merge into an overall geometric pattern. But as the glass part is still subject to exterior influences like light and reflections, the osmosis of painting and environment continues to create new images, depending on the time of the day and the place where the picture is hanging.

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Multi-paneled Sculpture:Acrylic on Wood

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Size:48.4 W x 39.4 H x 2.4 D in

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Juliet Vles is an European multidisciplinary artist, born in 1950 in the Netherlands, of Swiss-French nationality and actually living and working in Switzerland. Essentially an abstract painter and sculptor, whose work is mainly to be found in arte povera and minimal art collections, her artistic interests also include installation work, drawing and digital painting. The works of the Krypta series, half-painting half-sculpture, are geometrical constructions overlaid with painting, drawing and written panels incrusted, intarsia-like, into the supporting frame. The word «Krypta» (from Greek «hidden», «secret») stands for an artistic expression that does not seek to depict reality, nor even its abstraction, but the imago of an unconscious area of the mind not immediately accessible to analytical intelligence. Formally, the hallmark of Vles’ artwork is the unusual combination of its sober, geometrical underlying structure and the multilayered, rough texture of the painted surface. Although often shown in exhibitions featuring Concret Art, her work owes more to the Support/Surface movement than to formal Constructivism. In her recent work, the artist increasingly abandons the notion of "making images" and rather sees her wall sculptures as an extension of architecture - expanding the supporting wall by an additional physical and esthetical dimension. In 2017, the artist started working on a series of reverse glass paintings, revisiting the glass sculptures and installations she created between 1997 and 2003 and drawing on the technical experience she acquired during that period. For the GLASSWORKS please see

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