Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Glass Wheel Studio Opens In Norfolk, Va

A new art center is opening in Norfolk, Va.
One of my pieces will be on display.
Journey to the Sun
Glass, Photo, Paint, Found Objects, LED
Sean Hennessey

Check them out
Glass Wheel Studio
128 West Olney Road, Norfolk, VA 23510
November 14th
Grand Opening Reception

Monday, October 19, 2015

Personal Patterns at Cafritz Art Foundation Center Opens This Thursday

A Pattern of Uncertainty
Personal Patterns, a show curated by Claudia Rousseau featuring a group of truly fantastic local artists, explores the many ways in which pattern are used by artists to express their concerns, interests and identities. 

King Street Gallery, Cafritz Foundation Arts Center
Montgomery College
930 King Street 
Takoma Park, MD

Opening Reception, Thursday Oct 22, 6-8 pm
Artist Talks, Thursday Nov 5, 4-5 pm
Show runs until November 25

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Explaining My Work:: A Pattern of Uncertainty/ A Pattern of Stability.

This is a new post in my series Explaining My Work.

For this post, I'm going to talk about 2 brand new pieces. I've been thinking about the pieces for a long time, but i don't usually write about brand new pieces because living with the work for a time usually brings new thoughts to the conversation.

The pieces are sisters, and both are slated for a show Personal Patterns at the Cafritz Foundation Art Center in Silver Spring Maryland. 
This is the information I sent for the catalogue:

I began the works in Personal Patterns by thinking about choices we have previously made, and choices we are currently contemplating. The two pieces I have created reflect these two different issues and the underlying patterns of those mental places. 

A Pattern of Uncertainty
In the Patterns of Uncertainty, I depict doors as the options presented before us. There is an act of volition in choosing what door to enter. But also shown, is the capricious and outside forces of a child blowing wind affecting the course of a ship at sea. The interplay between our will, and the motions of the universe on our actions. 

A Pattern Of Stability

In the 2nd piece, The Patterns of Stability, I thought about decisions I’ve made in life, decisions that resulted in being held securely, but also being held, locked into place. The locks hold an ambiguous meaning of both security but also inaccessibility. A double looped knot and the emergence of a key in the imagery adds to the sense of the result and resolution of past decisions.

Both pieces are presented with a background of a pattern. For me, this is the patterns that we fall into, keeping the rhythm and reoccurring themes of our lives, but also sometimes, a predictability we try to overcome. I use the patterns from old tin ceilings to create a feeling of the age of these patterns, that they are remnants of decisions made even before we are born. The represent to me the influences on our lives, and sometimes things we are simply drawn toward. 

My work is window glass that I form into molds in a kiln. Once fired, I add drawings and photos, and paint various layers of glass. Finally the pieces are backlit, allowing the viewer to see all the subtle layers of imagery, textures, and bubbles in the glass. 

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Monday, July 06, 2015

A video on the history of the Barter Theatre

After I graduated college (with a degree in Art and minor in Philosophy) I really had little idea of what I would do. But I could build things, I had a lot of energy, I was in great shape, and i thought it would be cool to learn how to build sets.  I managed to get a job as a carpenter at the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia. I loved working there. Tons of amazing people, fun projects to work on, great parties. At one point I switched from being a carpenter to being a Scenic Artist.  I learned so many skills there and had a blast ( despite working about 100 hours a week and not making any money!) Eventually I left Abingdon for a job at at The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, DC.

I still have such a fondness for the Barter and the handful of years I worked there.
I hope you enjoy this history of a unique theatre, and one that is close to my heart.
It's where i learned about GHOST LIGHTS.


this is a detail of a piece i'm working on for an upcoming show.

Thursday, July 02, 2015


A few weeks ago, when I was at Wheaton Arts for GlassWeekend, I met an artist whose work I had admired. Simply beautiful well conceived and created glass sculpture. Then while there, I learned that she had other facets of her work that I had know about but had no idea who had created them. one project in particular is one of my favorite art/glass/culinary projects I know about.

I gushed a little bit about that to her. Now, this artist is much more well known than I am, much more connected, much further along in her career, and (seemingly ) life in general. I'm just a bumbling hack complimenting a far better artist. I've complimented many artists, as I really want to express my gratitude for people putting wonder and beauty into the world.( especially as i can't compliment them by purchasing it)  i've gotten mixed reactions to this, especially from popular artists. sometimes, i've even been brushed aside. 

With such humility and appreciation, she paused and responded, "Thank you for noticing what I do".

the response has kinda haunted me. not in a bad way, in fact in a most touching way.
People that accept the smallest of gifts with grace make me admire them even more than their gratitude over big things.

anyway, go buy her work and support her. i wish i could.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Hennessey and Chakravarty at William & Joseph Gallery

I'm very excited to be exhibiting in a 2 person show with a friend and very talented artist, Jason Chakravarty.

Kiss My Glass 

 Jason Chakravarty & Sean Hennessey

The  William& Joseph Gallery presents “Kiss My GLASS” a group exhibition featuring the glass artwork of Sean  Hennessey and Jason Chakravarty July 1-31, 2015.
             “Kiss My Glass” aims to showcase the unique glass works being created by these imaginative, up and coming artists. Far away from the traditional blown glass vases, these two artists have created a body of work that makes us laugh, makes us think and asks us to see glass in a new light - as a vehicle for narrative story telling in a three dimensional format.  

Chakravarty is a mixed media, object maker living in Arizona. The majority of his work is cast glass and often incorporates neon for illumination. Glass can be anything; thick, thin, shiny, dull, rough, smooth, transparent, or opaque. It is the only material that can capture light. While material and notably glass are important, his emphasis is within the narrative. His most recent works are semi-auto biographical and reflect on human relationships, communication, and social networking.  He holds an MFA in Sculpture from Cal State University and a BFA from Arizona State University; he has also studied at Pilchuk Glass School, Pittsburgh Glass Center and and an Artist in Residency at Toledo Museum of Art and Alfred University.

Says Hennessey of his art, “The heart of my work is an examination and a suggestion of our identity in a world that places us in a struggle for harmony between our spirituality and our corporeality. My works contain messages of obstacles and of hope, of seeking and of enlightenment. I aim to create works that inspire and remind us of wonders and mysteries we have lost.  I primarily create wall relief sculptures that are representation and narrative. There is a feel of the past, but with materials and techniques of today.
Hennessey’s pieces are a mixed and multimedia combination of Glass, Concrete, Photography, Drawing, Light, Video, Paint, Found Objects, Wood and Steel.
Hennessey holds a BA in Sculpture and a Minor in Philosophy from Berea College and also studied at the Institute for International Studies in Florence, Italy.  He has also exhibited at SOFA Chicago, John Hopkins University and was a featured artist at the National Institute of Health Gallery, as well as many select group exhibitions

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Santa Fe, NM 87501


Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Glass Weekend 2015

I'm heading off to Millville, NJ this week to go to Glass Weekend at the Wheaton Arts Center. It's an art fair but just for galleries that sell glass. Habatat Gallery will be representing my work.

I'll be showing some pieces that haven't yet been seen outside my studio. 



The Baggage is the Reason for the Vessel

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Gateway Open Studio Tours and Otis Street Arts Project Grand Opening.

The Gateway Arts District organizes tours of all the Artist studios in Mount Rainier, Brentwood and Hyattsville, Maryland every spring. It's a great time to see tons of amazing art, meet up with friends, and enjoy the area's artists in their natural habitat. This Saturday, May 9th is the day.

For the past 9 years, I have been participating in the open studios with my former digs at the Washington Glass School. It's my first Spring Open Studios at my new space, The Otis Street Arts Project. As such, we'll be staying open a little later than the other studios for our Grand Opening Party. 
After the open studio tours, we'll dim the lights, relax, and listen to DJ NEW spinning some tracks. Help us bring good luck and energy to our endeavor. If you're an artist, we still have space available to rent. If you are a curator, we'd love to talk to you about putting on shows with us. If you've got ideas, share them with us.

The first thing you want to do:
Visit the Gateway Arts District page and get a map
There will also be maps available at participating studios.

Then come out and enjoy the DC area's largest concentration of artists.
Visit the Brentwood Arts Center, the EZ Storage studios, Alan Binstok's Studio, and ArtBar.
Get a coffee at Vigilante or the Waterhole. Grab a vegan snack at Sweet and Natural, or have lunch at Franklins or Busboys and Poets.

But be sure to come visit us in the Artists by the Tracks section, where you will find:

The Otis Street Arts Project
The Washington Glass School
White Point Studio
Orange Door Studios
Blue Door Studios
Blue Fire Studio
Tanglewood Arts

So much to see!

Here's who you will find at Otis Street Arts Project

Sean Hennessey
David Mordini
Gloria Chapa
Hebron Chism 
Matthew Duffy
Alma Selimovic
Scott G. Brooks
Anne Smith

PLUS, we are excited to announce Special Guest Exhibiting Artists Cory Oberndorfer and Jeff Huntington.

See the article in the Washington City Paper
and East City Arts

May 9th
Studio Tours: Noon-5:00
Grand Opening Party 5:00-9:00

Otis Street Arts Project
3706 Otis Street
Mount Rainier, MD 201712

Please SHARE our event and invite your friends!

Getting to OSAP

1. Drive. We have parking. We're 2 blocks from the intersection of Rhode Island Avenue NE and Eastern Avenue.

2. UberX and Lyft. get the app, add your credit card. It's probably the easiest way.

3. Car2go - Its possible to Car2go within a few blocks. We're a short walk from the DC line

4. Metrobus. Use the Wmata Trip Planner. Enter Mount Rainier Library as your destination. We're a 7 minute walk from there.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

New Mexico : Part 2

Maybe you read my post on my visit to New Mexico, and my post about Arizona.
Well, after the amazing Antelope Canyon, I headed through the 4 corners area and back in New Mexico.

One of the places that really struck with me was Ship Rock.
It hit me as a very unusual spot.
I mean, just look at the bing.com birdseye view image. the place is very strange. and amazing.
It's also part of the Navajo creation story. so, you know, Humans came from that area.

Anyway, i'm obsessed with it.

After Ship Rock, my path was the snowy mountain route to Taos through the Carson National Forest.
Driving into Taos, I was struck by some rather strange looking houses. So fun looking that I tried to drive down one of the streets, but it was marked "Private". now if it was an abandoned site or something i would have wandered in. but i don't want to be gawking around peoples homes unwelcomed, so i drive on. BUT! i saw that they had a visitors center! It turns out it was the Earthship Community. too rad! They are off the grid sustainable houses. interesting technology, interesting materials. the whole thing was wonderful to me. i loved them!

Then motored into Taos.

A beautiful funky little town. an even funkier smaller version of Santa Fe.

It's a beautiful town. 

I serendipitously got a preview of the Taos Film Festival projected on the side of a building. 

 I met a few people that worked at Los Alamos. pretty cool.

Then I hit some more of New Mexico's wonderful wineries.

and finished my NM adventure with a stay at an organic lavender farm/ inn. 

Oh, and i hadn't mentioned this, but when you sign up for Budget car rental frequent renter service, they might just give you a free upgrade

next up: a trip to San Francisco!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Otis Street Arts Project :: Do you have the desire to help us out?

Otis Street Arts Project is something I've been working on for a while now. It started well over a year ago when my friend and fantastic artist Margaret Boozer told me she would be leaving her studio because she wanted to buy a firehouse. Her studio is right next door to the Washington Glass School, where i've been working for a number of years now. But I've known Margaret even longer than that.
And Margaret's been in the space for a long time. 15 years or so. I imagine she'll leave a bit of her energy behind as she moves to her new studio.

She told me about the move, because she was hoping i'd take over her space. I felt and feel very honored to carry the torch of having a positive and creatively fueled arts space in Mount Rainier, Maryland. She's always been quite kind to me, even when i barely knew her and she offered herslef and her pickup to help me move into my former home, almost 12 years ago. She pulled me on to the board of trustees of the Washington Sculptors Group, and has just always been a wonderful person.

But the new space! i'm super excited about it.
The space allows me to have a large work space, but also to have an exhibition space and to create affordable studio spaces for other artists. 

Rather than take on the financial and work load responsibilities on my own, I invited David Mordini to partner with me. I barely knew David, but i had met him at a party on the Chesapeake Bay thrown by Molly Ruppert and Family ( read this article about them ). They put in a good word, and I guess he heard decent enough talk about me that we began working together.

So finally, we are on the edge of moving into our space.
Beginning a new studio space is challenging. 

So I have a request.
We need stuff. We need support. We need you to visit us. We need you to talk about us to help us get the word out about us. 

I'm trying to start a studio from pretty much scratch. If you know me personally, you may know what a hard few years it's been. if you don't, and you want to talk about it, message me.
Anyway, I hope someone out there might be interested in helping out. I will work out some type of trade with you, mostly likely in the form of artwork. perhaps a lesson or two. Maybe you just feel generous and want to help out. Maybe you've seen my work, been inspired by it, but never bought anything. here's a great way to help me to continue making art! We can talk.

These are the things I'd like for the studio:

A welder is going to be useful for constructing my frames and armatures, but it will also be necessary to set up tables and shelves and brackets we'll need to outfit the shop.

Plasma Torch
For cutting metal, this will help get me going in a new direction for work.

Yeah, I'm a glass artist starting a new studio and I don't have a kiln. It's embarrassing. I've had opportunities in the past to get kilns, but i didn't have the space. I will now have the space, anyone have a gently used glass kiln for cheap? This is what i'm really lusting for though. One in which i can continue to work at a scale i'm currently working in.

Wet Saw
This is a pretty necessary piece of equipment. 

to power my nail guns and sand blasting cabinet.

glass and metal so often need to be sand blasted, but i'd also love to begin some sand carving projects.

gotta stay organized! we could use a few of these

We'll need a place to work
This kind of thing

and storage stuff

Cleaning up those edges is very important.

other things:
We need two for our two spaces.
nothing fancy.

We need two, and i can pick up some cheap ones from the thrift store. but we are a little fancy....

Again, we'd like 2. for lunch.

Hot Plate
Cuz sometimes lunch has to be more than a frozen Annies.

A Sofa
A desk
Flat files
a few mops
big ole garbage cans
cleaning supplies
white paint
extension cords
A shop vac

Here's a list of things for my DREAM SHOP
And my Amazon Wish List.

Now, i know i probably don't know anyone that is really going to buy these things for us, but if you know of some good used equipment, or are interested in helping out financially,or any opportunity that might help, let's talk.

In any case, we move in next week.
our Grand Opening will be May 9th. Please come.