Three new works by Laura de Santillana are now available at Galleri Glas

By on June 21, 2018

The first pieces that were sold when the exhibition with Laura de Santillana opened in May was created with Stockholm as the source of inspiration. The artist had seen in front of her how the spring would come in narcissus yellow and pink. Now that spring has passed to summer, she has done three new works – ” books ” – in the colors of purple, light green and forest green, which have been delivered to the gallery.

Laura de Santillana’s “books” are significant to the artistry – hand-blown glass that has been compressed into a relatively flat yet multilayered surface.

– They are made of several layers of paint and blown, then shaped and flattened. The idea is to create a space inside each work that is sealed forever, says Laura de Santillana.

Her home in Venice is something of a library and reading has always been a great source of inspiration. For example, some of the exhibits are inspired by The Blue Octavo Notebooks, containing Franz Kafka’s notes from 1917-1919.

But if you ask Laura de Santillana to mention her most important teacher in life, she answers Massimo Vignelli. Laura worked with the legendary designer during his great time, in the mid-1970s, when he created New York’s color-coded metro map as well as brand profiles for American Airlines, Bloomingdales and IBM.

Laura de Santillana has later designed many books – in addition to those of glass – and also made most of her own exhibition catalogs. The exhibition is scheduled for August 16th, but week 28-30 the gallery is closed for holiday.

Helena Olofsson, Culture & Music | Stockholm