What could hand-drawn sketches and handblown glass have in common? They are both all about shapes, the contours of objects—the outline of a body, whether it’s found in nature or a sculptural form.
Salt Lake City native Tim Wilson brings his expertise in metal-working as welder and jeweler to the art of glass, and his torch is just as agile shaping glass in its metamorphosis from liquid to solid as it is creating fine jewelry. You can see reflections of Seattle glass guru Dale Chihuly in Wilson’s intricate twists and color range.
Add to this the lithe yet architecturally precise and slightly surreal figure sketches of “Daniel” and you have a pairing in which the two reflect each other perfectly. Daniel’s studies seem to almost dance on the paper and Wilson’s statuesque figures reach out in response. Both media here partake of Wilson’s description of his glass under heat: “an art form that is exhilarating and alive.”
Drawn & Blown @ Contemporary Design and Art Gallery, 127 S. Main, 801-809-6562, through Dec. 1.