Linear Angularity

Toland Sand

6 September - 20 October, 2018

Linear Angularity

Bender Gallery is proud to present “Linear Angularity”, a one person exhibition of highly polished refractive optical crystal assemblages by long time gallery artist, Toland Sand. Sand has created six new sculptures for the show. “Linear Angularity” opens with a reception on Thursday September 6th from 5 to 8 PM and runs through October 20. This event runs concurrent with Asheville’s “Summer of Glass” which is being held in conjunction with Chihuly at Biltmore Estate.

Toland Sand is an innovator in the use of dichroic glass and polished crystal. The mainstay of Sand’s work is optical crystal, leaded and non-leaded, as well as dichroic coated glass, tinted adhesive, and acrylic paints. Everything is cut, assembled and shaped by hand. After the sculpture is formed, Sand undergoes a laborious process to bring out the brilliance of the glass, with grinding in ever finer stages until polish is achieved. Sand seeks balance, harmony, and symmetry, with an accent of deconstructed form in his work. Each piece takes about six weeks to complete, starting with a drawing using large white paper ripped from a roll, pencil, ruler, and a compass. It’s exciting for him to see how the finished piece measures up to the initial concept that begins with inspiration and an idea and ends up as a complex construction made more complex by reflection, refraction, and the dance of light and color in a three dimensional setting.

Sand’s influences and sources of inspiration can be found in ancient and contemporary architecture and sculpture. He spent five years in Greece, attending high school in Athens and traveling as much as possible. Stone formations were everywhere, in both natural and manmade forms. An ancient marble quarry was just down the street from his home. Laborers chiseling marble for municipal projects were a common sight. Seeing ancient sites such as the Parthenon and remnants of temples were simply part of everyday life.

Sand has been working in glass since 1977, starting first with stained glass and moving to glass blowing and then to constructed glass sculpture, which he’s been doing since 1985. Self-taught, as are most glass artists his age, he has constantly sought to expand his artistic and technical vistas. Innovation is always apparent in his work. Toland Sand continues to have one person exhibitions shows and has won a variety of awards including the “Art in Public Spaces Award”. He’s participated in the Venice Biennale and was nominated for the 1999 Living Treasure Governor’s Award for New Hampshire. Toland has completed many commissions, mostly notably for the CEO’s of McDonalds USA & Japan, and for IBM, Verizon, Coca Cola, Carpet Master & UPS. He is in glass and art collections worldwide.

Bender Gallery is a contemporary fine art and sculpture gallery in downtown Asheville with a focus on glass art by internationally recognized artists. The gallery has been specializing in glass for fourteen years and the owners have an in depth knowledge about contemporary glass art. The gallery offers a boutique setting with a contemporary modern aesthetic. They also carry abstract and figurative paintings, mixed media, and select ceramic works.

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