Fonfara/Hencey, Glass/Drawing, 1/7/13-2/15/13
About Chad Fonfara:
"I unexpectedly began working with glass in 2006 when I started my teaching position at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Initially my studio time was devoted to foundational glassblowing techniques: making functional forms such as cups, bowls, cylinders, vases and goblets, doing bit work and experimenting with color.
As I practiced these traditional skills, my compulsion to approach the material sculpturally without formal rules, function or expectations became increasingly difficult to ignore. What was missing or soon lost in the making of these functional objects was what has kept me interested in sculpture for so long: the mix of intuition, anxiety and thrill that comes from the making without fully knowing. Consequently I began to distort the vessel form, challenging the proclivities of the glass to bring my own organic aesthetic to it. In contrast to spending hours deliberating over a decision in a medium like wood, clay or wax, I must make these choices quickly in glass and respond to changes with a deft hand or the piece is indelibly lost. This urgency, intrinsic to glassblowing is what makes it such a compelling medium for me." --Chad Fonfara
About Travis Hencey:
"I work nights delivering medications to families, the retired, and assisted living communities in the surrounding towns even less populated than my home of Chadron, Nebraska. Most of the time is spent between destinations on Nebraska Highway 20 behind the wheel of a car with 400,000 miles and counting reading on the odometer. I look forward to the drive. It is an opportunity to watch the sky and prairie slowly change day after day, season after season, occasionally shocked by a sudden winter storm or summer wildfire. It is a chance to contemplate amidst the commotion of modern life. The artworks exhibited in this show are reflections of the nebulous thoughts, meandering meditations, fragmented memories, and faded dreams that stir themselves up in solitary hours on a familiar road looking out the windshield at a familiar landscape." --Travis Hencey