SOFA Chicago 2012, Selected Artwork

November 11, 2012

By Janet Dodrill

SOFA Chicago

I just happened to be in Chicago last weekend when they were having SOFA Chicago, the Sculpture Objects Functional Art + Design Fair, at Navy Pier, November 2-4, 2012. The three-day exposition featured nearly 70 art galleries and dealers from across the globe. I was very impressed with the quality of work and the event was very inspiring. I love glass work, and there was plenty of it, created in ways I have not seen before. Many of these artists are on the cutting edge, constantly developing new techniques and producing unique visual experiences for viewers. As a bonus, I came back with a bag full of free magazines and publications including Metalsmith and American Craft magazines. I would strongly recommend attending it next year. Admission was only $15.

Tom Loeser
21 and Over, 2012
Wood, found shovel handles

Eric Markow
& Thom Norris
Spring Dawn Kimono, 2012
Woven glass, 5.5 ft. tall with arm span of 4 ft.

Stephen Powell
Habatat Galleries
Teasing Salacious Eclipse, 2012
Blown glass and murrini
8 1/2 x 21 1/2 x 21 1/2 inches

Donna Rosenthal
Memory Coat
Spiritual Love
crocheted metal, vintage pins, mixed media
11 1/2 x 16 x 2 inches

Angus Ross
Highland Love Seat
Craft Scotland, United Kingdom

Tamara Coatsworth
Cracker Jack
Fused, slumped, silk-screened, and torch worked glass, 7.75 x 3 x 1.25 inches

Dena Pengas
Mega/ Multi Necklace
Frozen kiln cast glass,
UrbanGlass, Brooklyn, NY

Donna Rosenthal
He Said…She Said couple, 2012
Mixed media
13 x 22 x 10 inches

Sonya Clark
Black Cross Worn Thin, 2011
29″ x 29″ x 3″ d

Brian Dettmer
The Brain, 2011
Paperback book, adhesive