A powerful harmony exists between the delicate elegance of glass next to the raw rusted surface of steel found in an Alex Gabriel Bernstein sculpture.
Alex’s sculptures begin at the kiln. He casts blocks of glass into shapes and then carves into them. This deconstruction is what makes his sculpture so unique. Alex challenges the casual observer’s perception of what glass can do, how it can be shaped and formed. The shapes his sculptures take are quite natural, yet unfamiliar.
They remind us of glaciers, waterfalls, stacked slate, a bird’s wing, geysers, sprouting seeds, rugged canyon walls, stalactites, jutting flames and ocean waves. Though not a direct representation of any of these natural forms, there is something enigmatically familiar about them. Alex explores concepts of time, creation, transformation and the fragility of our environment.
The son of glass artists William & Katherine Bernstein, Alex was encouraged to make art in the studio at a young age. He met & worked with many leading figures in the art glass movement under their parental wing. His intimate knowledge of glass allows a free exploration of the medium that is admired by artists and collectors alike. Alex received an MFA in glass sculpture from the School for American Crafts at RIT. Widely collected, Alex Gabriel Bernstein’s sculpture can be found in the Corning Museum of Glass, the Glasmuseum Frauenau, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and the Palm Spring Art Museum to name a few.