White Light/ White Heat

Alastair Mackie
selected works

Glasstress, collateral event of the 55th International Art Exhibition in Venice, now in its third appearance in the lagoon, will be opened to the public from May 31st to November 24th 2013.

Glasstress. White Light / White Heat, curated by Adriano Berengo and James Putnam, proposes the participating artists to deal with light and heat, intrinsic aspects of glass and its working. Glass is born from the creative and destructive force of fire, which transforms the basic chemical elements into a mouldable fluid. The result is a matter solid, yet with a chaotic molecular structure providing light with a limitless variety of surfaces, colours, transparencies and reflections.

Glasstress was conceived by Adriano Berengo. It started with the 2009 edition of the International Art Exhibition-La Biennale di Venezia to allow glass “escape” from its ornamental prison, restoring it to the artists’ expressive process. Among the artists invited to participate in Glasstress from all over the world, many have been confronted for the first time with this material. 
The following 65 artists will participate: AES+F, Alice Anderson, Polly Apfelbaum, Ron Arad, Ayman Baalbaki, Miroslaw Balka, Rina Banerjee, Fiona Banner, Pieke Bergmans, Budicca, Pedro Cabrita Reis, Loris Cecchini, Hussein Chalayan, Mat Chivers, Oliver Clegg, Mat Collishaw, Tony Cragg, Tracey Emin, Paul Fryer, Francesco Gennari, Recycle Group, Cai Guo-Qiang, Dmitri Gutov, Stuart Haygarth, Mona Hatoum, Charlotte Hodes, Shirazeh Houshiary, Shih Chieh Huang, John Isaacs,
Michael Joo, Ilya&Emilia Kabakov, Kiki&Joost, Joseph Kosuth, Hew Locke, Delphine Lucielle, Alastair Mackie, Jason Martin, Kris Martin, Oksana Mas, Whitney McVeigh, Aldo Mondino, Mariko Mori, Tim Noble &Sue Webster, Tony Oursler, Lucy Orta, Mimmo Paladino, Cornelia Parker, Javier Pérez, Jaume Plensa, Karim Rashid, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Thomas Schutte, Joyce Scott, Conrad Shawcross, Sudarshan Shetty, Meekyoung Shin, Helen Storey, Zak Timan, Gavin Turk, Koen Vanmechelen, Joana Vasconcelos, Martin Walde, Zhan Wang, Zak Ové, and Marta Klonowska.

PEDM, 2013
8 x 4 x 4cm

Obsidian created during the volcanic eruption of 729AD on the island of Lipari has been re-melted and used to create a cast of the hand of the artist's  daughter.