The Glass Room
hand cast recycled glass bricks and neon
6,000 x 6,000 x 3,000 mm
I was born in 1972, the year that the Tate Gallery in London purchased Equivalent VIII by Carl Andre. Andre’s work consists of 120 identical bricks stacked on the floor in two layers in a six-by-10 foot rectangle. Equivalent VIII represents a pivotal moment in art and remains an iconic work in the history of 20th century art.
By contrast, my glass bricks are like individual portraits of the humble ‘cinder block’. Each brick is hand cast in a bespoke manner from recycled glass in a time consuming process. The Glass Room stands as an antithesis of industrial mass-produced building materials. Each brick is slightly different depending on the way the glass melted in the kiln, creating the feeling of living cells and walls.
– Gregor Kregar
born 1972, Slovenia
Lives and works in Auckland
Gregor Kregar works with a vast array of themes, toying with questions of national and international cultural identity and challenging preconceived ideas of architecture, and materials including glass, glazed porcelain, stainless steel, bronze, plastic and found objects such as bottles and recycled timber. His large-scale, site specific sculpture invites the audience to question their role as viewers.
Kregar has a Master of Fine Arts from Elam School of Art, The University of Auckland. Recent exhibitions include Lost World, Hastings City Art Gallery (2016), 2 fragile 2 shoot, Corbans Estate Art Centre (2014) and Foucault Pendulum, Tauranga Art Gallery (2013). Kregar has completed many public commissions including Clouds for Richard Pearse for Christchurch Airport. His work is in the collections of The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington; James Wallace Arts Trust, Auckland; Connells Bay Sculpture Park, Waiheke Island and the Francis J. Greenburger Collection, New York.
Represented by Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland