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DEFINING

MOMENTS

Matthew Curtis

Harriet Schwarzrock

25 JANUARY TO 25 MARCH 2017

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This story begins with a chance meeting at a gallery opening

in Sydney in 1998. It’s a story of creativity, skill-building,

love, family and survival… and a few dogs.

As with all partnerships – be it for love or in business – there are times of happiness and times of struggle. And because Harriet Schwarzrock

and Matthew Curtis were so bold to have combined love and business, their defining moments have become an important story to tell. This

exhibition hopes to acknowledge those moments of success – and of disaster – to demonstrate the pivotal role they have played in the journey

of two artists and their individual and combined impact on the Australian studio glass world.

Matthew Curtis has always been drawn to the complexity and beauty of microscopic organisms, finding parallels within minimalist

architecture. Using large scale blown and cast glass work, his work examines depth and complexity of life at it’s cellular, and with the addition

of steel, Curtis explores the contrast of engineered structures framing the organic.

Similarly, Harriet Schwarzrock’s work is also inspired by biology, and works with blown glass elements and metal fixtures, but instead focusses

on the exploration of balance and interconnectivity, rather than structure. Her sculptural work unfurls, evolves, floats and shifts, capturing a

sense of poise, rhythm and balance.

For almost 20 years these two artists have worked together as inspiration, assistant and sounding board for each other but they rarely

collaborate and have only exhibited together once before now. Defining Moments provides them with not only an opportunity to work

together, but it allows them to freely explore new pieces, new ways of working and to show their process without the pressure of showing only

completed, fully resolved works.

The pieces in this exhibition speak for themselves as beautiful crafted sculptural forms. However, by combining the artists’ story along

with finished pieces, drawings and prototypes, I hope to add a level of awareness around the significant role craft practitioners have in our

community.

Aimee Frodsham, curator

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Harriet Schwarzrock

& around &

2017

neon, acrylic, wire

NFS

with the generous support of Cole’s Neon Shop. Assistance from Steven Cole and Katie Hart.

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Matthew Curtis

Arc

2017

plaster, glass, steel

made with the generous support of USG Boral

price on application

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Harriet Schwarzrock

limitless

2016

blown and mirrored glass, powder coated steel

$5,500

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2

1

3

Matthew Curtis

Neodymium Paired Section (1)

2017

blown and fused glass,

stainless steel

$16,000

Harriet Schwarzrock

limitless (2)

2016

blown and mirrored glass, powder

coated steel

$5,500

Matthew Curtis

Hexagon Lens Section, red (3)

2016

cast and fused glass, stainless

steel

$7,500

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1

Harriet Schwarzrock

a confluence

2017

blown glass, stainless steel

$5,500

2

Matthew Curtis

Blue Green Section

2017

blown and fused glass, stainless steel

$4,000

3

Matthew Curtis

Amber Increment

2015

cast glass, stainless steel

$26,000

1

3

2

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Harriet Schwarzrock

a confluence

2017

blown glass, stainless steel

$5,500

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Harriet Schwarzrock

adrift

2017

blown glass, stainless steel

$3,800

Matthew Curtis

Tessellated Hexagon Section,

blood red

2016

cast and fused glass, stainless steel

$7,500

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Harriet Schwarzrock

pulse clear

2017

blown glass, neon, timber

$2000

Harriet Schwarzrock

pulse red

2017

blown glass, neon, timber

$2000

shelf fabricated by Zeljko Markov

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Matthew Curtis

Neodymium Paired Section

2017

blown and fused glass, stainless steel

$16,000

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1

2

Harriet Schwarzrock

sublime (1)

2016

blown glass, powder coated steel

$3,800

Matthew Curtis

Feather Section, multicolour (2)

2017

blown and fused glass

$3,800

inspired by watercolours by Gerald Jones

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Matthew Curtis

Xylem Section, steel green

and orange

2008

blown and fused glass

$16,000

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2

3

4

1

5

Matthew Curtis

Tricolour Section (1)

2017

blown and fused glass, stainless

steel

$4,500

Harriet Schwarzrock

breathless (2)

2016

blown glass, powder coated steel

$5,500

Harriet Schwarzrock

infinite (3)

2016

blown glass, powder coated steel

$4,200

Matthew Curtis

Feathered Section, blue and green

[small] (4)

2017

blown and fused glass

$2,800

Matthew Curtis

Feather Section, neo and blue (5)

2017

blown and fused glass

$3,800

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Matthew Curtis

Feather Section, neo and blue

2017

blown and fused glass

$3,800

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8

2

7

3

4

6

1

5

9

Harriet Schwarzrock

breathe sketches (1-8)

2017

blown glass, aluminium

1 to 6 – $1,800

7 – $1,200 [small teal]

8 – $750 [single solid form]

Matthew Curtis

Xylem Section, steel green

and orange (9)

2008

blown and fused glass

$16,000

Harriet Schwarzrock

Prototypes

2009 to 2017

mixed materials

NFS

Matthew Curtis

Prototypes

2009 to 2017

mixed materials

NFS

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Matthew Curtis

Blue Divide

2007

blown, carved and laminated glass, powder coated steel

private collection

NFS

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Exhibition partners

Canberra Glassworks is supported by the ACT Government through artsACT and the Australian Government through the Australia

Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

Exhibition accomodation partner

Wine partner

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canberraglassworks.com

11 Wentworth Ave, Kingston ACT 2604

T 02 6260 7005

E contactus@canberraglassworks.com

opening hours

Wed to Sun 10am to 4pm

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