April 6 - May 3, 2018

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PALM DESERT, CA — CODA Gallery unveils a new exhibition of glass sculptures by Marlene Rose, running April 6-27. The artist from Clearwater, Fla., will attend an opening reception on April 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. in conjunction with El Paseo Art Walk/Palm Desert First Weekend.

On the cusp of earning a bachelor of fine arts degree at Tulane University in New Orleans, Marlene was on her way to becoming a professional artist when the pathway veered. “Glass was one of the last classes I took because it didn’t interest me at all,” she recalls. “People weren’t experimenting with it; they were making vessels. ”But the professor taught a sand-casting technique that, she says, “clicked with the way I think. It is very direct. The technique is a beautiful dance. It is very physical, and you feel a rush of adrenalin from working with something dangerous.” Sand-cast glass pieces are “not your typical glass,” she adds. “It is thick. It is not delicate. Because I am pouring [molten glass] into sand, it gains a texture, so it looks like it could be ancient — like something dug up.”

Indeed, digging things up fueled experimentation when Marlene culled scrap yards for metal (she especially liked the shape of camshafts) to incorporate into her work, particularly into bases. Since the scrap yard she frequented closed, Marlene has shifted to designing stands and frames that are “a little more slick,” but notes that a serendipitous acquisition of wood axles from Indonesia has inspired “a million ideas. ”Marlene’s repertoire focuses on themes. Her appreciation for ancient African and Asian art inspired her to create Buddha sculptures. And she likes the positive symbolism of bells and butterflies, the latter suggesting that “you can change and become anything you want,” she says.

Marlene’s work includes pedestal-top and freestanding pieces. For the April show, she also will showcase new wall-mounted sculptures that incorporate LED lighting. Speaking to the challenge of a technique that results in a piece that lies between being two and three dimensional, Marlene says she constantly asks herself, “How do I make this idea happen? It seems I am working on five bodies of work at a time — developing it, trying it this way and that."


Cobalt Pointy Bell Cobalt Pointy Bell
33 x 22 x 7.25 inches
Buddha Head Wall Trio Buddha Head Wall Trio
25 x 42 x 8 inches
Large Flat Bottom Bell Tower Large Flat Bottom Bell Tower
Glass and metal
88 x 21 x 10 inches
Blue Pillar Buddha Blue Pillar Buddha
Glass and metal
65 x 16 x 16 inches
Metallic Petite Serafina Metallic Petite Serafina
Glass and metal
24 x 7 x 3 inches
Mini Buddha - Lime Green Mini Buddha - Lime Green
Glass and metal
10 x 4 x 4 inches
Tiny Buddha - Gold Tiny Buddha - Gold
Glass and metal
7.5 x 3 x 3 inches
Candy Stripes Candy Stripes
Glass and steel
20.5 x 19 x 6 inches
Tiny Buddha - Metallic Tiny Buddha - Metallic
Glass and metal
7.5 x 3 x 3 inches
Amber Lotus Buddha with Halo Amber Lotus Buddha with Halo
38 x 17 x 10 inches
Brilliant Gold Temple Buddha Brilliant Gold Temple Buddha
17 x 10 x 6 inches
Merlot and Celadon Butterfly 28 Merlot and Celadon Butterfly 28
19 x 28 x 7 inches
Lotus Aqua Buddha Lotus Aqua Buddha
28 x 16 x 10 inches
Retro Buddha Retro Buddha
34.5 x 16 x 7 inches
Aqua Box Buddha Aqua Box Buddha
34 x 14 x 7 inches
Merlot Bobble Bell Merlot Bobble Bell
33 x 12 x 7 inches