DIAGNOSTIC REFLECTIONS by Alexandria McAughey and Tim Southward
Both artists are engaged not only in real life but also in their artistic pursuits. Both attended the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit and are experimental in their approach to making art. “Diagnostic reflections is an attempt to subvert or transcend borders and orthodoxies of glass making techniques through experiments and trial and error. We are depending heavily on chance which is not often seen in the traditional sense of glass making techniques (in which planning and preparation is key.) “ they added.
Alexandria McAughey has no formal training in glass making techniques, so she is “constantly learning when working with the very temperamental material. It is technically a challenging material that involves having to think scientifically.” She added that her technique is usually trial and error.
Tim Southward on the other hand technically understands glass from a more fundamental standpoint. With that in mind he too is attempting to diagnose the experimental possibilities that the natural state of glass has to offer when working with it at 2,100 degrees Fahrenheit. Southward says, “I am on a mission to let loose and explore what glass has to really offer. “
The two have also worked on collaboration pieces specifically for this show. The vessels created demonstrate Southward's technical skills in creating forms in conjunction with McAughey's experimental trial and error way of working.
"Diagnostic Reflections" runs until May 21st with a meet the artist night planned for April 20th starting at 7 pm. River’s Edge Gallery is located at 3024 Biddle in downtown Wyandotte.