Fluxus

FLUXUS, FLUXA, FLUXUM

Flowing, fluid, loose, transient, frail, dissolute

The act of flowing, or passing away

To melt or purge

To change between states

From Late Middle English Fleure, or Latin, Fluxus “to flow”

A flowing of fluid from the body, especially when excessive or abnormal

A continuous moving on or passing by

A serious of changes or continuous change

Substance mixed with a solid to lower its melting point

Substance added to a furnace during glassmaking/melting which combines with impurities to form slag

A substance used to promote fusion, specifically applied to surfaces that need be joined

The rate of transfer or fluid, particles or energy across a given surface

Inconstancy, oscillation

The flux of men and women moving back and forth

Outflow or outpouring

To cause to become fluid

 

FLUXUS brings together a group of artists employing the intrinsic properties of glass as a transitional step to expressing a meaning. This greater idea is articulated through the artist’s intense drive to unveil.  As such, this becomes the connecting aspect or flux between the artists and the work.

Glass is a medium of many inherent symbolic meanings, with the material itself mutable and inconstant.  The works produced at this intersection between artist and material is reflective of individual approaches to making.  The disquieting sense of impermanence which influences our contemporary experience is seen as the trigger for the act of making.  In light of this, flux becomes the metaphorical approach to the work, allowing the artists to either purge or internalise.

Glass is the facilitator for a different state of being, acting as a membrane or lens.  There is a purposefully “open ended” aspect to the work which defies fixed meaning. On the one hand, rigidity which expels and on the other, fluidity that allows penetration. Perhaps in the same way that glass allows the viewer to enter the work.