KIAF SEOUL

My work has made it around the world to Seoul. First stop: Korean International Art Fair at the end of September. This five day international art fair hosts 175 galleries from 17 countries and this year a record 82,000 visitors.

Gallery Sklo included my work in their crisp white and gray booth.

Urban abstractions from my REFLECT series are inspired by our everyday experience of moving through the city. Light and shadow play across architectural surfaces offering moments of surprise and discovery. The work explores the vibrancy of the cityscape understood as light and shadow, repetition and variation, information and chaos.

Ms Kim, Gallery Sklo and Andrew Bae, Andrew Bae Gallery

Ms Kim, Gallery Sklo and Andrew Bae, Andrew Bae Gallery

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All photos courtesy of Gallery Sklo.

Beauty in Structure

I found some time over the summer to experiment with compositions featuring structural elements. I am always on the look out for coherent built world lines. Trusses and structural beams might be the ultimate in coherent lines. Inspired by the modernist structural beauty at McCormick Place, these studies explore the visual interest (and beauty) of structural elements.

Reflect 1.58 and Reflect 1.57 | Truss studies | each 24”x24” mixed media with glass inlay c Heather Hancock 2019

Reflect 1.58 and Reflect 1.57 | Truss studies | each 24”x24” mixed media with glass inlay c Heather Hancock 2019

For years I have noticed the pop of orange pipes weaving through the trusses when driving past on Lake Shore Drive. This created the opportunity to experiment with introducing a color element into this series.

Reflect 1.59 | Truss study 3 | 24”x24” mixed media with glass inlay c Heather Hancock 2019

Reflect 1.59 | Truss study 3 | 24”x24” mixed media with glass inlay c Heather Hancock 2019

Looking forward to more in this series.


Grow | organic abstractions for biophilic design

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I came to my art practice with a strong interest in biophilic design. Having worked in healthcare for more than a decade, I am well aware of the importance of natural views and light, organic shapes and forms to well-being. EO Wilson’s concept of our innate attunement to the natural world has been widely adopted as an important restorative element in our urbanized lives.

Grow | urban vine 15”x24” handcut glass alongside matte black grout c Heather Hancock 2019

Grow | urban vine 15”x24” handcut glass alongside matte black grout c Heather Hancock 2019

Growing up on the Canadian prairies I was surrounded by spare natural beauty. I’ve learned to find similarly spare, hard beauty in Chicago’s urban landscape. Setting glass alongside industrial materials such as grout, cement and metal points to the contrast between the natural and manmade worlds and creates tension between light and dark, brilliance and opacity, vibrancy and restraint, fragility and permanence.

Grow offers abstracted organic shapes alongside urban line and texture for a bold visual element relevant to biophlic design. Hand cut glass shimmers and shifts for an engaging visual experience.

Scan | environmental installation

I was recently invited to develop a concept for a printed environmental installation using Scan as the starting point for the composition. Working with anchor words provided by the client, the goals for a visual concept included:

  1. printable/easily fabricated wall installation for a 100” x 30’ hallway

  2. integrate the clients’ words in an abstracted way

  3. create an engaging visual experience for an interior employee hallway…traffic going in both directions.

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FIve anchor words created the vertical elements for the composition floating along the wall. Oversize circle frames were added to bring more of the playful shape into the concept and soften the rectilinear nature of the hallway span. Compositions were completed by bringing in additional abstracted text elements, creating visual rhythms and variations across the span. First versions were envisioned in a neutral palette integrated with the existing colorway of the hallway. Crisp white, silver sheen and medium gray provided adequate contrast while being visually integrated within the hallway.

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Additional concepts incorporated graphic takes on waves and a tree. Borrowing built world forms to represent natural world forms is a modernist trope that I have always been drawn to.

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While this installation did not go forward to fabrication I loved the challenge of transforming an everyday corporate hallway into a compelling visual experience.

New Glass Now | Corning Museum of Glass

My weekend at Corning Museum of Glass was truly incredible. I am thrilled to be part of this landmark survey show of contemporary glassmaking and thinking. The contemporary wing is drop dead gorgeous with natural light filtering through high ceiling beams. The Corning Museum team created a cohesive installation with the diverse range of glass art.

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#newglassnow is a global survey of contemporary glassmaking, featuring objects, installations, videos, and performances made in the last three years by 100 artists of 32 nationalities. Heather’s Reflect 3.2 Curve, above, was chosen by selectors Aric Chen and Beth Lipman:

Heather Hancock uses glass inlay to re-create the geometries of mid-century modern architectural facades, capturing a sense of the ephemeral within their otherwise highly rational compositions. —Aric Chen

The show is hanging through January 5, 2020 at the Corning Museum of Glass.

Corning Museum of Glass | New Glass Now

I am thrilled to have work headed to the New Glass Now show at the Corning Museum of Glass. The show opens May 12th and runs through January 5, 2020.

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New Glass Now documents the innovation and dexterity of artists, designers, and architects around the world working in the challenging material of glass. A global survey designed to show the breadth and depth of contemporary glassmaking, the exhibition will feature objects, installations, videos, and performances made by 100 artists of 32 nationalities working in more than 25 countries.

Earlier work from my Reflect series was included in last year’s CMOG New Glasswork Review (39). Now I am looking forward to having new work included in this extraordinary exhibition of art from around the world.

Scan | UrbanLines

A recent invited design proposal gave me the chance to explore new concepts with Scan. Abstracted text forms point to the infinite creativity of language. Our minds are attuned to detecting pattern, scanning for relevant information and finding meaning in the world around us. For this proposal I combined abstracted text forms with backgrounded urban and natural imagery. Simple graphic elements are inspired by my interest in finding beauty in unexpected places. Living in urbanscapes requires new ways of seeing beauty around us and staying connected to the natural world.

rendering |  Scan: UrbanLines  (concept1) 4 @ 28”x48” c Heather Hancock 2019

rendering | Scan: UrbanLines (concept1) 4 @ 28”x48” c Heather Hancock 2019

rendering | panel1  Scan: UrbanLines  c Heather Hancock 2019

rendering | panel1 Scan: UrbanLines c Heather Hancock 2019

rendering |  Scan: urban lines  (concept2) | 4 panels at 24”x48” c Heather Hancock 2019

rendering | Scan: urban lines (concept2) | 4 panels at 24”x48” c Heather Hancock 2019

 
Panel4  Scan: UrbanLines 22”x34”   c Heather Hancock 2019

Panel4 Scan: UrbanLines 22”x34”

c Heather Hancock 2019

 
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EMERGE | invited design proposal

I was recently selected as a semi-finalist and invited to present a design proposal for an art installation at the newly renovated Health+Sciences building at Triton College in River Grove, IL.

Goals: Create a responsive visual experience in Commons area celebrating the extraordinary contributions of faculty and students to broader community. Activate space with shimmering glass and encoded content with relevance to faculty and students in Health+Sciences building.

EMERGE | design concept 3@36”x84” | c Heather Hancock 2019

EMERGE | design concept 3@36”x84” | c Heather Hancock 2019

EMERGE | design concept 3@36”x84” | c Heather Hancock 2019

EMERGE | design concept 3@36”x84” | c Heather Hancock 2019

In Scan, abstracted text forms suggest the infinite creativity of language. Our minds are attuned to detecting pattern, scanning for relevant information and finding meaning in the world around us. I combined abstracted text forms with backgrounded imagery referencing biological process and systems. The color palette was taken from the colorways established by FGM Architecture. Simplified graphic forms offer visually ambiguous elements—ranging from synaptic transmission to electronic circuitry to a thriving vine. Abstracted text also drawn from the biological sciences provide vertical rhythm, encoded content and bold color elements.

EMERGE | design concept 3@36”x84” | c Heather Hancock 2019

EMERGE | design concept 3@36”x84” | c Heather Hancock 2019

Rendered in shimmering glass, this installation creates an endlessly dynamic and varied visual experience for faculty+students and visitors to the building.

additional art installation site | EMERGE 2@30”x60” c Heather Hancock 2019

additional art installation site | EMERGE 2@30”x60” c Heather Hancock 2019

A whole new perspective

This large-scale residential commission was just installed in a recently renovated home. The clients worked with architect Jeanie Petrick over the past several months to renovate their early 1900s home with a contemporary industrial twist. They saw my architectural abstractions hanging at a show last spring and envisioned a piece on their dark charcoal gray dining room wall connecting with both their contemporary aesthetic and commitment to incorporating local art into their home. These clients have collected art from local artists in the various cities they’ve lived in, making art an important part of their story.

Reflect 4.3 beams | glass | 5’x3’ c Heather Hancock 2019

Reflect 4.3 beams | glass | 5’x3’ c Heather Hancock 2019

After a studio visit, the clients selected an abstraction of the exterior beam structure of the 875 N. Michigan Ave building. They determined that a horizontal piece at a full 60” x 36” would hold the wall in their dining room. The horizontal orientation created an expanded canvas for exploring the urban beauty in these architectural lines and rhythms.

The dark charcoal gray wall and white moldings create an architectural framing of the piece. A glass chandelier, wood table and zinc countertops create an engaging material dialog with the art piece in the space.

Reflect 4.3 beams | glass | 5’x3’ c Heather Hancock 2019

Reflect 4.3 beams | glass | 5’x3’ c Heather Hancock 2019

invited design proposal: Joliet College

I was honored to be a semi-finalist for the State of Illinois Art-in-Architecture project at Joliet Jr. College.

I proposed a glass and metal mesh installation for the exterior site wedged between parking lot and walkways. Key words from the JCC’s mission statement was abstracted for the installation. The color palette was taken from the surrounding natural world. Metal mesh connects with the metal cladding on the surrounding buildings.

Rendering | invited design proposal 2 double-sided panels at 5x3 and 4x3. c Heather Hancock 2019

Rendering | invited design proposal 2 double-sided panels at 5x3 and 4x3. c Heather Hancock 2019

Rendering | invited design proposal 2 double-sided panels at 5x3 and 4x3. c Heather Hancock 2019

Rendering | invited design proposal 2 double-sided panels at 5x3 and 4x3. c Heather Hancock 2019

Rendering | invited design proposal 2 double-sided panels at 5x3 and 4x3. c Heather Hancock 2019

Rendering | invited design proposal 2 double-sided panels at 5x3 and 4x3. c Heather Hancock 2019

Commission | Scan with urbanvine

Overview

Client wanted a vertical composition from Scan series to hang in a 2-story open stairwell in her new contemporary home in Dallas. The light-filled stairwell offers ideal natural light conditions for shimmering glass.

Scan 6.5+6.6 | urban vine | glass | each 28” x 48” c Heather Hancock 2018

Scan 6.5+6.6 | urban vine | glass | each 28” x 48” c Heather Hancock 2018

A vertically stacked hanging of two pieces each 28”x48” was determined to be the best proportion on the wall. 

Scan 6.5+6.6 urban vine  | each 28” x 48” glass c Heather Hancock 2018

Scan 6.5+6.6 urban vine | each 28” x 48” glass c Heather Hancock 2018

Goals

The vertical composition of abstracted text in Scan is inspired by our incessant scanning and filtering of information in our daily lives. The fonts selected offer a vertical rhythm which functions as a sort of urban vine, continually transforming and endlessly creative. 

Process

The client was provided with renderings of possible sizes/proportions of pieces in her space. The client opted for color accents in the art pieces given her neutral interior design palette. A nature-inspired palette of grays with accents in bright green was suggested and rendered for client approval. Bright green and an iridized green/blue glass was selected to bring in a wider color range. Iridized glass is also uniquely effective in catching ambient light, adding to the dynamic quality of the hanging.

Work shipped framed and ready to hang with a 3 week turn-around.

Reflect 3.5 | beam

New work in the Reflect series was delivered and installed last week in a contemporary urban Chicago condo. The client wanted a single panel of the “beam” concept, inspired by the exterior architecture of the Hancock tower. A strong diagonal composition with an emphasis on the intersecting beams created a strong single panel for an interior wall in the client’s open floor plan living/kitchen/dining room. Flooded with natural light from the wall of windows directly across the room makes ideal conditions for this piece to shift and shimmer.

Reflect 3.5 beam | mixed media with glass 30” x 48” c Heather Hancock 2018

Reflect 3.5 beam | mixed media with glass 30” x 48” c Heather Hancock 2018

Reflect 3.5 beam | mixed media with glass 30” x 48” c Heather Hancock 2018

Reflect 3.5 beam | mixed media with glass 30” x 48” c Heather Hancock 2018

Commission | Reflect triptych

Three pieces from the Reflect series are headed to a healthcare facility on the west coast. These shimmering urban views of familiar rhythms and repetitions will work well in any lighting conditions. The three pieces are integrated with a consistent palette of opaque and iridized sheet glass. Viewers are invited to consider familiar—and often overlooked—moments of urban beauty from our streetscapes.

Reflect 1.40 waves | Reflect 1.15 city view | Reflect 1.16 urban mountain | each 24” x 24” | glass  c Heather Hancock 2018

Reflect 1.40 waves | Reflect 1.15 city view | Reflect 1.16 urban mountain | each 24” x 24” | glass

c Heather Hancock 2018

Reflect 1.40 waves | Reflect 1.15 city view | Reflect 1.16 urban mountain | each 24” x 24” | glass  c Heather Hancock 2018

Reflect 1.40 waves | Reflect 1.15 city view | Reflect 1.16 urban mountain | each 24” x 24” | glass

c Heather Hancock 2018

Project

Sutter CPMC Hospital San Francisco 2018 | San Francisco, CA United States

Project Team

ARTIST | Heather Hancock | Heather Hancock Studio
ART CONSULTANT | Jane Thompson | J.D. Thompson & Associates

Overview

Three-piece art hanging was specified as part of an art program for Sutter CPMC Hospital San Francisco. The art program is intended to provide visitors, patients and hospital employees with new and engaging visual experience. Creating welcoming and engaging environments improves well-being and has become a valued element in healthcare design. 3 pieces each 24"x24" | mixed media with glass

Goals

Art pieces from my series Reflect were selected for waiting areas in an urban hospital. Mixed media work with glass offers viewers a bold and unexpected visual experience. Shimmering cut glass set against matte cement creates a high contrast and dynamic piece that captures the vibrancy and energy of the streetscape. Reflect is inspired by urban beauty. The work explores the repetitive forms of our cityscapes, fluidity of light and reflection, and how unusual perspectives and distorted geometries take on the qualities of the natural. Viewers are invited take another look at familiar moments of urban rhythm and beauty.

Process

Collaboration with J.D. Thompson and Associates all occurred remotely. Art consultant Jane Thompson is familiar with my portfolio from previous collaboration. Jane selected pieces from the Reflect series that worked best in the designated public space. A cohesive palette of shimmering whites, blacks and grays unifies the hanging. Iridized glass is particularly effective in catching ambient light and adds a further dimension to the work. Work shipped framed and ready to hang.

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Commission | City with SF skyline

I recently returned to my City concept for a commission headed to the west coast. This is the third version of this graphic approach to city-meets-nature. Based on the SF skyline, a playful ‘line drawing’ of buildings meets water and sky/urban forest. A shimmery natural world is created using line and form borrowed from the built world.

City 3.1 based on SF skyline | 3@24”x24” | mixed media with glass c Heather Hancock 2018

City 3.1 based on SF skyline | 3@24”x24” | mixed media with glass c Heather Hancock 2018

City 3.1 based on SF skyline | 3@24”x24” | mixed media with glass c Heather Hancock 2018

City 3.1 based on SF skyline | 3@24”x24” | mixed media with glass c Heather Hancock 2018

Project

Sutter CPMC Hospital San Francisco | 2018 | San Francisco, CA United States

Project Team

ARTIST | Heather Hancock | Heather Hancock Studio

ART CONSULTANT | Jane Thompson | J.D. Thompson & Associates

Overview

Three piece art hanging was specified as part of an art program for Sutter CPMC Hospital San Francisco. The art program is intended to provide visitors, patients and hospital employees with new and engaging visual experience. Creating welcoming and engaging environments improves well-being and has become a valued element in healthcare design. 3 pieces each 24"x24" | mixed media with glass

Goals

Art pieces from my series City were selected for waiting areas in an urban hospital. Mixed media work with glass offers viewers a bold and unexpected visual experience. Shimmering cut glass set against matte cement creates a high contrast and dynamic piece that captures the vibrancy and energy of the city. City is inspired by the intersection of natural and built worlds. A consistent graphic approach is used for architecture, urban forest, sky and water. Viewers are offered a familiar skyline with city meeting nature.

Process

Collaboration with J.D. Thompson and Associates all occurred remotely. Art consultant Jane Thompson is familiar with my portfolio from previous collaboration. Jane requested the City concept inspired by the SF skyline. A palette of bold grayscale architectural forms meet shimmering blue greens of urban forest/sky and blues of water to create a dynamic visual experience. Iridized glass is particularly effective in catching ambient light and adds additional color tones and vibrancy to the work. Work shipped framed and ready to hang with 3 week turn-around.