(American, b. 1967)
An innovation truly unique to Marlene Rose's work is her use of found objects as integral parts of her creations, making each piece both ancient and modern. Each is hand cast from molten glass in a spectacular process of heat and light.
Marlene Rose-Coates was born in New York with art all around her. Her mother was a painter and her father a sculptor of found objects. Educated at Promfret School in Connecticut, she continued her exploration of visual mediums at Tulane University in New Orleans. Here she came into her own as an artist, developing her unique style. She held her first solo exhibition before graduation, with a sellout show at the top gallery in New Orleans.
Following this success she went on to graduate school at California College of the Arts and Crafts in Oakland, CA. She even found time for a Summer Program at Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle, Washington, the birthplace and epicenter of the Art Glass Movement. She has since traveled extensively throughout Europe, the Middle East, South America, Africa and the Caribbean gaining even more influences and ideas for her work. Her goal, as an artist, is to create life in whatever she makes. In simple terms, she makes the pieces come alive revealing the true and unique source of life energy in each creation.
When people first view my work, I'm often told they feel a "certain aliveness" inherent in the work itself. My goal as an artist to inject life into whatever I make. In simple terms - to make the piece come alive. Each piece is hand cast from molten glass in a spectacular process of heat and light. The energy of this "Dangerous Dance of Creation" reflects in the finished work. In the end, the work has a quality of timelessness reflecting both ancient and modern. They celebrate the unique properties of glass, of transparency, and shine and reflection. And because these are cast objects, they hold in their form the memory of the shapes and textures of the materials that formed them; they are fine-grained, rugged or smooth, transparent or translucent, colored or clear.
When I cast the sculptures I include in them relics of modern life, interesting objects that have been cast away, industrial waste items that seem to unite present and past. In the end, the completed piece transcends the sensibility of mere time. The glass immortalizes a glimpse of something fleeting beyond the moment, taking that moment and freezing it over. I call these pieces Evocators. They are kept moments, shards of what I have seen, unnamed emotions, visions, concepts, memories. They call back; and they are the vehicle on which a viewer’s vision can ride away. The glass is there only to see through.
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CCAC, Oakland, CA (MFA)
Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle, WA
Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
2010 PISMO Galleries, Aspen, CO
2010 Hodgell Gallery, Sarasota, FL
2009 Manitou Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2008 Kuivato Gallery, Sedona, Az.
2005-2007 Art Miami, Miami, FL
2007 Art Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
2007-2009 ARTSanta Fe, Santa Fe, NM
2005 Art Toronto, Toronto, Canada
2002-2004, 2007, 2009-2010 Adamar Fine Arts Gallery, Miami, FL
2007 Angela King Gallery, New Orleans, LA
2004 Baisden Gallery, Tampa, FL
2010 Besharat Gallery, “Onward” Atlanta, GA
2011 Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, MI "Primal Inspirations, Contemporary Artifacts"
2010 MOSI – Museum of Science and Industry, Tampa, FL “Earth Visions”
2009 Florida International Museum, St. Petersburg, FL “In a New Light”
2008 Mobile Museum of Art, “GEN-X: Post-Boomers and the New South”, Mobile, AL
Permanent Public Collection
Gulf Coast Museum of Art, Largo, FL
Museum of Contemporary Art, Yerevan, Armenia
Seven Bridges, Greenwich, CT