Glass, a native New Yorker with a background in fluid mechanics and geology, dropped out of his professional career at the Sandia National Laboratories to pursue art full time in 2013. At age 60, Glass mastered the art of welding and reconfiguring industrial steel to create organically inspired expressions.
His totemic minimalist structures echo works by Donald Judd from the 1960s and Constantin Brancusi from the 1930s. But three of my favorite pieces are reminiscent of works by northern New Mexico’s Tom Joyce.
Glass titles his works with reference numbers. In “78,” “77” and “89,” Glass uses thick slabs of steel to create incursions and rifts one might find in rock formations eroded by water. The relentlessly rectilinear forms are energized and given life by wear marks and other violations of their otherwise pristine geometry.