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Glasstress 2013: White Light / White Heat - Fashion Space Gallery

24 November - 23 February 2013
Gallery: Fashion Space Gallery

Glasstress: White Light | White Heat opened at the preview of the Venice Biennale on 30 May 2013 at the Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti on the Grand Canal and at the Berengo Centre for Contemporary Art and Glass. The exhibition now travels for the first time to London, exhibited at London College of Fashion's Fashion Space Gallery and The Wallace Collection.

Work from the Glasstress collateral event at the 55th International La Biennale di Venezia (2013) travels to London College of Fashion and The Wallace Collection as part of a two-venue exhibition curated by James Putnam, a Senior Research Fellow at London College of Fashion.

In a unique collaboration between the Berengo Studio, Venice Projects, London College of Fashion and the Wallace Collection, Glasstress: White Light | White Heat presents the newly commissioned work of some of today’s most important contemporary artists, most of whom worked in glass for the first time.

The 2013 Glasstress exhibition builds on the success of two previous Venice Art Biennale Glasstress shows (2009, 2011) and this is the first time that the work has toured to the UK. The Venice exhibition saw sixty-five artists responding to the theme of light and heat, the components of fire, the fundamental elements involved in the formation of the universe and also the essence of glassblowing. Light is integral to our perception of glass, while heat is required to shape it.