I create three-dimensional geometric glass objects that produce perceptual illusions through spatial ‘drawings’. Each piece, when viewed from a particular monocular vantage point, coalesces into the semblance of two-dimensional representation. This is my attempt to break free from these mundane experiences and impose meaning onto all of the noise and randomness in the world.
From: Currently resides in Arizona | Medium: Blown Glass
Steven Ciezki was born in Calumet City, Illinois. As a kid, he was fascinated with the art of drawing. This skill grew and developed further throughout his high school art classes. During his college career at Illinois State University, he was able to experience the art of glass blowing. This new and exciting media has changed his vision of the basic two-dimensional world. Steven received his BFA in glass from Illinois State University and has plans to travel the world and continue to learn from the artists who have inspired his fascination with glass. Both the delicacy of cup making and vessel orientated work has had a major influence on him.
“I create three-dimensional geometric glass objects that produce perceptual illusions through spatial ‘drawings’. Each piece, when viewed from a particular monocular vantage point, coalesces into the semblance of two-dimensional representation. This is my attempt to break free from these mundane experiences and impose meaning onto all of the noise and randomness in the world.
I am recreating points in our life when everything lines up. I am asking: “If it will get there, can it get there, and most importantly will it ever be that perfect again?” These are the moments we cherish. In the world, when objects line up at one monocular viewpoint, both near and far, I want to think that someone or something put it there for me to find. Take a different route to work or go for a walk to realize how new visual stimulation seeks dominance over this irregular experience. We follow such a tight schedule that it denies us the ability to appreciate these little gems in our surroundings. These “sweet spots” are just a taste of what is happening around us every day.
My goal is to rediscover what makes something fresh, recapture moments of pure bliss, and share them by recreating such instances through the numerous properties of glass. Spatial shape relationships have a large influence on my work. How shapes compliment and interact with one another excite me. The flow from skinny waists to bulbous forms gives each piece an airy quality. The Stacks and Towers work best in groupings. Relationships are created by purposely placing each tower so it “fits” with those around it. These towers depend on each other for aesthetic and perceptual strength. Just like a relationship between friends and couples, or even the process of glassblowing itself, we depend on each other for motivation, inspiration, and most of all a sense of unity. These shapes are what I have been striving for ever since the first time I worked with glass. All of the forms play off of each other. Not only am I creating my own visual relationships between negative space and shape when I set up these pieces, but I allow for the viewer to search for their own moments of visual ecstasy upon further inspection.”
2013 Indiana Glass Arts Alliance: second Place Award recipient
2011 First place in the Jerry Landy Collector’s Choice Art Glass Competition, Chicago, Il
2011 Sue Bradford Hauberg Scholarship from Pilchuk Glass School to attend Boyd Sugiki and Lisa Zerkowitz’s class
2010 First Place in the undergraduate student art class competition by Midwest Art Glass Group