The International Glass Prize is a triennial international competition for art and design. The theme of this edition was The Process. The Private Foundation Charlotte van de Seijs handed out €12.000 of money prizes. Two residency periods at the glass studio were offered by the GlazenHuis.
Six jury members selected 61 works from 756 submissions from 45 countries for the exhibition, containing design objects, sculptures, paintings, photographs, video art and in situ installations. Five laureates received a money prize or a residency.
Laureates of the money prizes
KAREN VERMEREN (BE)
Svinafellsjokull in the GlazenHuis
The jury awarded a prize to Karen Vermeren for her panoramic glass painting in which she used the explicit building as a glass carrier. As a contemporary painter Vermeren took up the challenge to add an extra dimension to the given space in an excellent way. She emphasized the architectural structures and played with the illusionistic elements. The ‘art of painting’ or the ‘art of glass’? Glass and the interaction with its surroundings played without doubt an extremely important role. Here Vermeren’s process-based intervention exceeded any definition whatsoever.
SIMSA CHO (JP/NL)
Matoi – Matoi 2
The jury awarded a prize to Simsa Cho with a special appreciation for the works ‘Matoi’ and ‘Matoi 2’. As a glass artist Cho succeeds in developing a continuous evolution in his works that not only produce a technical sharpness and a unique, formal dynamics but also a substantive tension.
Simsa Cho has a reflective personality and with a refreshing outlook he transforms his perception of spirituality and tradition into a powerful and colourful imagery.
JENS GUSSEK (DE)
“Surprising and confronting” was the jury’s opinion on the prize-winning work ‘Stalingrad’ by Jens Gussek. Direct and multi-layered, with a rather subtle reference to the process, and an inconspicuous use of glass. Gussek choosed to concentrate all power in the message and in generating successive questions. Stalingrad burned your retina and then stuck in your mind.
Laureates of the residencies
RUI SASAKI (JP) and MATTHEW C. SZÖSZ (US)