John Denis - Fluid Glass
John Denis is a glass artist with over 25 years of experience. Now living in Chicago, Denis has a studio and gallery in the Bridgeport Art Center in Chicago. Denis uses fluid shapes and forms to create unique, one-of-a-kind glass installation pieces.
You started your journey as an artist at a very young age. How were your parents influential in facilitating and encouraging you as a budding artist?
They basically let me do what I wanted. They were truly very encouraging of whatever I wanted to do.
You were an assistant to Luis Colmenares in New Orleans. How did you get this job and what did he teach you?
We had studios down the block from each other and we met at Lucy’s taco shop in between our studios in the warehouse district. He had heard about me and had seen my work and he asked me to come and work for him. He taught me a lot of things, he taught me how to work with metal with minimal tools, mostly with just a torch. And he also showed me how to interact with clients.
How did you transition from metal work to glass?
It is a similar idea in that everything goes from a solid to a liquid, to a fluid form. And the fact that I wanted to deal with something more translucent. A medium that dealt with light.
How long does it take for a piece to go from idea to installation?
From a day to a year.
What feeling do you want your art to evoke in the viewer?
To mirror their own interior.
What is your favorite and least favorite color?
Blue and Blue
What is your favorite tool?
What part of art do you love / hate?
I love the, ah, poetry of the beginning. I hate the politics.
If you could see your artwork displayed in any venue in the world where would that be?
Museu Europeu d’Art Modern in Barcelona