Some pieces from artist Rik Allen’s wonderful blown glass Spacecraft Series
From his artist statement:
Existence can be a myopic affair, focused on the immediate and the practical. We live our lives unaware of the true ways of the world. What lies beneath the surface of everyday? What collection of intricate quantum clockwork winds the mainspring of the universe? Those few that do gain access to those secrets – figures such as Nicola Tesla, Marie Curie, Albert Einstein – are isolated spelunkers into a vast hidden world, able with a single discovery, invention, or mode of thought, to pull back the veil of the visible and reveal in wondrous awe the true nature of Everything.
Rik Allen’s current body of work mines that rich vein between the outward mysteries of creation and the inward journeys of the human imagination. What began several years ago as an exploration of the iconic rocketship in its purest form has evolved into a contemplation of the role of individuals in our finite world, all in relation to the infinite complexity and vastness of the cosmos. We are each explorers on a journey through existence and Allen’s sculptures evoke this introspection and conveyance – spacecraft captained by lonely cartographers mapping the inky black seas between us all, organic vessel-creatures harbouring spores of complex knowledge bound for undiscovered mental landscapes, or sentient mechanical emissaries propagating our viral truths through the fabric of being.