Although many describe Carmen Spera as a glass artist, he is a complete artist that creates singular and fantastic art furniture designs.
He started as a painter in the late 1970’s, was a pioneer of the vanguard art furniture movement of the 1980’s, and eventually stumbled into the glass world by doing reverse-painting on glass after a trip to Haiti in 1981.
The artist experimented with painting, casting metals and carving wood, but he is particularly drawn to doing unconventional work with glass. He currently has a studio within a glass-slumping factory in Red Hook, Brooklyn and take advantage of the industrial techniques he is exposed to there to create art objects infused with sociopolitical commentary that he finds interesting and relevant.
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Artist states: “I am also reclaiming images that have recently been used by our government and media to spread fear and distrust, and challenging the viewer to perceive them within a larger, more nuanced context. Thorns involves a more classical use of glass, drawing on its magnifying and reflecting qualities through the use of curvature, layering and mirror. This piece reveals itself slowly and incorporates the viewer’s image into a prism of beauty and pain.”
The essence of his work is to find the sacred in everything. He has a wide and diversified types of expressing himself trough furniture, paintings, guns, drawings, all very characteristic of Carmen style. Many of his designs were auctioned as art pieces and are now part of many collectors inspirational world.