Glasstosterone January/ February, 2018

Glasstosterone (17β-arthroxy-4-artdrosten-3-one, – organic chemical compound, basic male steroid creative hormone belonging to artdrogens.
It is produced by cells under the influence of creative-lutinizing hormone, and also in small amounts by consuming interest liquids.
Only a small portion of glasstosterone is found in the blood in free form and associated with artalbumin, the rest is protein bound (inactive)
transport GHBG (glass hormone binding globuline).
(1) Nikipedia – the free encyclopedia

In the feminized world of glass art, a small group of artists remained, whose veins are still preserved from prehistory, the mysterious component of their organisms glasstosterone.

He is responsible for the millions of glass works of art that they created from blowing the first glass bubble to the creation in the US in the second half of the 1960s, an artistic phenomenon later called Art Glass Movement.

Men, pioneers of this movement, propagated the artist’s full independence from the glassworks, the only place where it was possible to create in a hot glass mass.

The glass workshops / studios that were created gave the possibility of endless experiments and paved the way for exploring further, innovative glass techniques.

The world went crazy about artistic glass – it was different from that produced in series, even if the short series had unique features. The “artistic deformation” of the object, the use of several colors or the scale of the object was no longer enough. New techniques are objects that are new in expression and form.

Along with men, the first experimenters, women / glass artists began to appear, which was a natural phenomenon, they accompanied the first experiences of American colleagues. The movement and its influence spread to all of North America and Europe.

Over time, the proportions of the male and female element in glass art have been greatly shaken.

Watching glass exhibitions, browsing catalogs, visiting studios / departments / glass design departments we will easily notice the dominance of women.

Their work is increasingly presented at glass exhibitions dedicated only to women – this is happening all over the world and also in Poland.

Contests for statuettes for women, designed and made by women or a joint exhibition of glass artists from Poland and the Czech Republic are just a few national examples.

The last proof of such female domination in the world is the exhibition Fired Up: Contemporary Glass by Women Artists, prepared in 2016 by The Mint Museum and Toledo Museum of Art, presenting women’s glass art covering the period

“from the men-dominated Art Glass Movement of the 1960s to installations and works made in mixed media of the early 21st century, showing the interpenetration of the influences of art, craft and design.”
(2) https://www.mintmuseum.org/art/exhibitions/detail/fired-up-women-in-glass/

How can this modest, UNBREAKABLE “unbreakable glass set” of creators face the army of their friends?

Let the answer to this question provide you with a prepared project in which the invited artists faced the need to present objects emphasizing their belonging to the male world.

Strong in expression, form and scale, often containing erotic overtones, form the core of the GLASSTOSTERON exhibition. Let everyone try to decipher the influence of this mysterious, organic chemical compound in the work of my colleagues and try to find their male point of view. Look for structures, dark surfaces, the optical weight of matter, symbolism of elements and signs in our objects and installations, and what is strange in male art – the delicacy of external and internal reliefs. Maybe then you will find the answer and see the differences in the work of both groups.

I am not sure myself whether glasstosterone will save male creativity in the future. May it not become a determinant of the “new age” and fragility of the male personality with the CAUTION GLASS sticker!

prof. Kazimierz Pawlak – project curator

Artists participating in the project GLASSTOSTERONE:

  1. Andrzej Kucharski
  2. Marcin Litwa
  3. Mariusz Łabiński
  4. Wojciech Olech
  5. Kazimierz Pawlak
  6. Wojciech Peszko
  7. Janusz Robaszewski
  8. Czesław Roszkowski
  9. Stanisław Sobota
  10. Grzegorz Staniszewski
  11. Tomasz Urbanowicz
  12. Ryszard Więckowski
  13. Igor Wójcik
  14. Maciej Zaborski

Photo report from Exhibition


Opening Ours



Tuesday - Friday







Kielce Cultural Center

Plac St. Moniuszki 2b

25-334 Kielce

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