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Joseph Ivacic’s current body of work Structural Integrity is influenced by strength, fear of the unknown, and urban decay. Considered rigid, historically valuable, and beautifully fragile, a gather of glass is blown, cast, fused, sculpted, and slumped into a sculptural narrative, questioning the participants mindset; a paradigm shift.  

 

Inspired by the ebb and flow of Chicago’s urban environment, Joseph uses the historical iconography of its famed architecture to guide the styling of the bridge structures in his work - a feeling of connection and support. Specific themes include: The perception of Chicago through media. Political events and the reactions felt throughout the city. The exploration of emotions, movement, and discovery, through the innocent lens of a child.

 

All elements are created in glass* - The cans of spray paint draw parallels, positive and negative, between spray paint as art and as one of the oldest forms of social communication while layers of vibrant colors and text provoke further examination of the subtle details.

 

*Grass is Greener is mixed media sculpture representing a found object wall, similar to the exterior of a shanty. Apart is the opposite of together. A physical wall does not connect, but divides and defines. Joseph also explores the use of walls in society, and the fears, perceptions, and misconceptions it represents. 

 

about.

Joseph Ivacic is a Chicago based artist who believes in pushing the boundaries of how glass is used in contemporary art. In 2018, Ferd Hampson of Habatat Galleries declared Joseph to be a "Top Ten Trend in Contemporary Glass" for his recent street inspired work - where all elements are glass, including the labels on the cans. 

 

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Joseph P. Ivacic/PARADIGM SHIFT

 

Shows

2019

 

Fall Group Show - Echt Gallery, Chicago IL

Prime Space Chicago Group Show - Habatat Gallery, Royal Oak MI

Group Show for AACG - K. Allen Gallery, Appleton WI

Art Santa Fe - Travelogues Galleries, Santa Fe NM

“Summer of Glass” Fort Wayne Museum of Art - Fort Wayne IN

Divergent Materiality: Contemporary Glass Art - Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale AZ

Pop and Lock - Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak MI

47th International Glass Invitational - Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak MI

Las Vegas Modernism -Travelogues Galleries, Santa Fe NM

Art Palm Springs - Travelogues Galleries, Palm Springs CA

LA Art Show Travelogues Galleries, Los Angeles CA

Great Glass Getaway - Habatat Galleries, St. Petersburg FL

2018

 

SCOPE - Habatat Galleries, Miami FL

SOFA EXPO - K. Allen Gallery, Chicago IL

“Street Kraft” - Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak MI

“Summer of Glass” - Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne IN

Art Santa Fe - Travelogues Gallery, Santa Fe NM

“Some Like It Hot” - Morgan Contemporary Glass, Pittsburgh PA

46th International Glass Invitational - Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak MI

TeaPots! - Morgan Contemporary Glass, Pittsburgh PA

10 Trends - Imagine Museum, St. Petersburg FL 

Art Palm Springs - Travelogues Gallery, Palm Springs CA

10 Trends - Habatat Gallery, Ringling Museum, Sarasota FL

 

2017

FORM Expo - Hive Contemporary, Miami FL

Group Show - Echt Gallery, Chicago IL

SOFA Expo - K. Allen Gallery, Chicago IL

The Great Glass Escape - K. Allen Gallery, Sister Bay WI

Echt Galleries: Narratives in Glass - Highland Park Art Center, Highland Park IL

“Summer of Glass” - Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne IN

NEXT:  45th International Annual Glass Invitational - Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak MI

Treachery of Images: A Glass Art Exhibition - National Liberty Museum, Philadelphia PA

Art Palm Beach - K. Allen Gallery, West Palm Beach FL

2016

SOFA Expo - K. Allen Gallery, Chicago Il

Great Glass Escape - K. Allen Gallery, Sister Bay WI

Urban Landscapes - K. Allen Gallery, Sister Bay WI

Art Santa Fe - Irazoqui Gallery, Santa Fe NM

Collective Show - Irazoqui Gallery, Miami FL

Art Boca Raton - Irazoqui Gallery, Boca Raton FL

Art Palm Beach - K. Allen Gallery, Palm Beach FL

2015

 

SOFA EXPO - K. Allen Gallery, Chicago IL

Great Glass Escape - K. Allen Gallery, Sister Bay WI

Art Palm Beach - K. Allen Gallery, Palm Beach FL

2014

 

Transit, Group Show - Vertical Gallery, Chicago Il

Glass Artist Society Group Show - Chicago Hot Glass, Chicago Il

2013

 

Group Show - Ignite, Chicago Il

2011

 

Group Show - Gruen Gallery, Chicago Il

Art Prize - Grand Rapids Public Museum, Grand Rapids, MI

“The Collective” - David Weinberg Gallery Chicago, IL

 

2010

Art Loop Open - Awarded 3rd place of 200 contestants Chicago, IL

2008

 

“Things Left Behind”, Solo Show - Haus Gallery Chicago, IL

“Glass ?”, Group Artist Show - Lotus Keep Gallery Chicago, IL

 

2007

SOFA EXPO - Rosenthal Gallery, Chicago IL

Group Artist Show - Golan Liebermann Gallery, Rockford, IL

 

2006

Group Artist Show - G. C. Lucas Gallery, Indianapolis, IN

“Scratching the Surface” - Kraft Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL

“2006 Rockford Midwestern” - Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL

“Reflections” - Underground Studio, Rockford, IL

 

2005

“Three Degrees of Separation” - Acme Art Works, Chicago, IL

 

2004

“Security” Solo Show - Making Glass, Highland Park, IL 

“Five” - North Lakeside Cultural Center, Chicago, IL

 

Education

 

College

B.F.A. University of Illinois at Champaign, Urbana 2000 

Studied under William Carlson, Jose Chardiet, Kathrine Gray, Greg Fidler, Brent Cole, Paul Nelson, and Robert Blakely

 

Classes

Glass Sculpting with Pino Signoretto 2009

Large Sculpture with John Miller, Pilchuck 2007

Traditional Forms by Matt Urban, Making Glass 2005

Cane and Murini Pickups by Matt Urban, Making Glass 2005

Venetian Goblets by Matt Urban, Making Glass 2005

Murini Pickups by John Miller, Chicago Hot Glass 2004

Goblets and Venetian Forms by Elio Quarisi, Chicago Hot Glass 2003 


 

Residencies

Rosenberg Institute for Passionate and Emerging Artist at the Salem State University

Salem, MA - July 2014


 

Corporate and Private Collections

 

200 S. Wacker, lobby, Chicago Il

Rush Hospital, Hospice wing, Chicago Il 

L. Lieberman, Highland Park Il

L. Brodson, Highland Park Il

L. Sibley, Chicago Il

R. Starr, Winnetka Il 

Invenergy, Chicago Il

M. Polsky, Chicago Il 

P. Johannson, Rockford Il 

C. Remer, Winnebago Il

M. Babb, Rockford Il

K. Dindial, Chelsea NY

M. Wassell, Stone Ridge NY

J. Slomsky, Gramercy NY

U. Udoiwod-Wu, Brooklyn NY

J. Urow, Reston VA

L. Greene, Dallas TX

J. Goldberg, Louisville KY

R. Graebner, Madison WI

© 2020 by Joseph Ivacic