On April 20th, 2014 Greatest Hits arrived at Wallplay, featuring smokable glass sculptures by today’s top lampworkers. Wallplay’s concept space will showcase massive works of fine borosilicate art, museum-worthy sculptures that are not merely pipes. Greatest Hits brings together artists and collectors to celebrate an emerging craft movement that has been riding the tide of legalization. Over forty different lampworkers are exhibiting their works, showcasing the amazing intricacy of a clandestine craft that has been relegated to the underground until now.
Wallplay’s concept counter serving Intelligentsia coffee, provides visitors with a potent boost in cups that read “the Greatest Hit of All.” Eight screens play four custom videos by Matt Tubman with Steam Machine Productions that provide a glimpse of the time-consuming and delicate process of glassblowing. Many of the pieces required hundreds of hours of meticulous work, a fact that is not overlooked by smokeware connoisseurs.
Wallplay’s street level space and second floor display functional glass pieces from across the United States. The works range from Banjo and Mickelsen’s Femalienne collaboration, a life-size hollow female bust with an other-worldly twist, to Ghost’s Glassmask, a mixed-media mask that both disguises its wearer and functions as a glass bubbler. There is a consistent playfulness to many of the designs, but serious craftsmanship remains at the exhibition’s core.