Functional Forms by Glen G.Guarino
New, one-of-a-kind table and mirror designs by artist Glen G. Guarino will be exhibited at the New Jersey School of Architecture (“NJSOA”) Gallery from March 4, 2010 to April 9, 2010. NJSOA Gallery is located on the campus of the New Jersey Institute of Technology (“NJIT”), Weston Hall Building 9, 2nd Floor, University, Warren and Summit Streets, Newark, NJ 07102. Opening Reception is Thursday, March 4, 2010 from 5pm to 9pm. Regular gallery hours are Monday through Friday 9am to 4pm. For more information visit www.guarinofurnituredesigns.com or call 973.239.7867. To contact Matt Gosser at NJSOA please call 973.596.3080
Guarino creates his work by primarily using fine and antique hand tools rather than machinery. This intimacy with tools and wood allows him to create pieces that impart serenity and calm, reflecting the inherent grace and strength of various local and exotic woods including Walnut, Wenge, Curly Shedua, and Ebonized Sapele. His table designs often incorporate glass, while mirror designs sometimes include black cord to introduce variations in texture. These designs are unique from each other and have hand-rubbed finishes.
“For me, each new design is a small adventure, exploring my imagination and the potential of the material. Like craftsmen of the past, I prefer to perform my work using fine hand tools instead of relying on machines that may technically speed completion, but can create a distance between the artist and the material,” says Guarino.
For nearly 30 years, Guarino’s work has been frequently exhibited in juried gallery exhibits and has been published in Fine Woodworking Magazine, NJ Savvy Living Magazine, and in “500 Tables” published in 2009 by Lark Books among many others. He holds a Master of Studio Art Degree with High Honors from Kean University and is currently an Adjunct Professor at William Paterson University Fine Arts Department.