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Mark Bleshenski

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Mark Bleshenski
286 N Burns Rd
Bay City, MI 48708
Phone: 989.737.9992

www.bleshenski.com
SMS Code: AWC 121
Artist Statement
Growing up in Pinconning, Michigan, Mark Bleshenski worked in his grandfather Roy Diamond Smith's stained glass studio. Roy started working in his uncle's stained glass studio in Toronto in 1905. Mark and Roy spent countless hours discussing art, learning the art of critique. This set in motion events that would lead to a lifetime of working with glass as an artistic medium for Mark. Mark studied design at Michigan State University and a summer program of Decorative Arts and Architecture at the University of London in Great Britain where he wrote a paper on stained glass art. After graduation he founded Markroy Studio and, following in his grandfather's footsteps, created stained glass and cast glass windows for dozens of churches, commercial buildings and homes around Michigan. With boxes of scrap glass and a spirit of curiosity, he began experimenting with fused and cast glass, unaware of a burgeoning popular interest in the medium. Every scrap of glass would go into the kiln as he passionately experimented with the medium and pursued independent study of his art. He designed and build his own tools and equipment and developed techniques to accomplish his artistic goals. In his current work, he manipulates common glass bottles so they maintain their recognizable origins, but flow and bend in unusual ways as if they were compacted like soda cans. He deconstructs the vessel from its original purpose and reconstructs it to give it new meaning. These common vessels become metaphors for the shell of the psyche; gestures of emotion; representations of cultural influences, or purely an experiment with form, shape and line.
This Artist Is Showing At
University Art Gallery
251 E. Preston St
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859
Information About The Art
Art Title: Seaform 1
Art Description: Seaform is inspired by underwater objects that undulate and flow with the current. Here glass tubeworms move in unison from a cross section cut of the sea bed.
Medium: wood, glass bottles, copper wire
Year Created: 2016
Height: 16
Width: 18
Depth: 10

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