Off Centre Embraces Imperfection to Create Unique, Organic Glassworks
It's often been said that "imperfections" give pieces character, and for proof of that, you needn't look any further than Off Centre's stunning glass-blown creations. Instead of hiding so-called mistakes, artists Romina Gonzales and Edison Zapata embrace the idiosyncrasies created during the glassblowing process, and allow their pieces to crinkle and collapse into unique, one-of-a-kind creations. These pieces are used in lighting projects, as functional home decor pieces, and as stand-alone sculptural works, and you can check them out in person at the 2014 BKLYN Designs exhibition.
In the glassblowing world, anything but perfect form is usually discarded as waste. Gonzales and Zapata, however, have chosen to take the risk of going against the grain. "We're trying to make a statement by not following everyone else," says Gonzales. "We want to remind people that glass is beautiful in all forms." The beauty of their glass work is evident, from the hanging colored glass lamps wrinkled to mimic folded fabric to the wall of glass bricks filled with plants and a live betta fish.
Even though these glass works of art celebrate the "mistakes," they can actually be quite challenging to create. "We also have to learn how to make these glass pieces perfectly before we playfully corrupt them," says Zapata. The wrinkles and bubbles in the glass have to be molded in the few seconds while the glass is still hot and malleable. You can see more of Off Centre's unique glassworks at the 2014 BKLYN Designs in DUMBO this weekend.
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