When Melbourne artist Penny Byrne received an email through Facebook from Okwui Enwezor asking if she’d be interested in creating a work for one of the Venice Biennale’s “collateral” exhibitions, she assumed it was spam.
“It seemed like one of those scam emails telling you you’d won a million dollars and asking for your bank details,” she says.
But Enwezor, a Nigerian curator and art critic, was seeking artists for the Glasstress event, a joint project between the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg and Berengo Studio in Venice, to work with famous glass masters in the furnaces of Murano. The event invites artists who work in other mediums to try their hand at creating in glass, working to a specified theme…
- Kylie Northover, ‘Melbourne artist Penny Byrne creates suit of armour out of hand-blown glass for prestigious Venice Biennale show‘, The Age (April 15 2015)