Tyler Rock | Forme & Formulations

Tyler Rock | Forme & Formulations

La Guilde presents the exhibition Forme & Formulations

November 24, 2022 to February 19, 2023

Montréal, Tuesday, November 15, 2022 – La Guilde is proud to present the exhibition Forme & Formulations by established glass artist Tyler Rock. From November 24, 2022 to February 19, 2023, come discover a selection of new glass pieces and a collaborative installation with Julia Reimer.

In his work, Tyler Rock seeks refinement of the form to bring our focus on the aesthetic and sculptural experience as opposed to its utilitarian function. Through the materiality of glass, the artist opens a dialogue between the artefact and the viewer. An ode to a number of works from Tyler Rock’s prolific career spanning thirty years, the exhibition Forme & Formulations presents works that explore a range of sculptural possibilities, utilizing traditional glassblowing processes while honouring the vessel form.

These works bring forth approaches and explorations that use combinations of shapes, multiples, and repetition as a means to create sculpture. In some of the works, the forms and formulations develop in new ways and on new themes, while new iterations of similar working approaches are investigated in others. Each series presented in the exhibition plays on the concept of form, composition, and structure. They come together to show the diversity of techniques forming Tyler Rock’s practice.

In addition to the new series developed for Forme & Formulations, a number of the works in the exhibition are done in collaboration with Julia Reimer, in particular the wall installation Dissolution. Husband and wife team Tyler Rock and Julia Reimer have been long-time collaborators, working with each other on large-scale public art pieces and commissioned works. Together, they own and operate Firebrand Glass studio

About the artist

Glass artist Tyler Rock holds a Master’s in Visual Arts from the University of South Australia and a diploma specializing in glass from the Alberta College of Art (now AUArts), where he has been teaching since 1995. Among several other prizes and distinctions, he was awarded the Established Artist Excellence Prize of the Alberta Craft Council in 2009. The artist has lectured, taught workshops, and participated in multiple solo and group exhibitions across the globe, notably in Canada, the United States, Japan, Australia, France, and South Korea. His artworks are part of numerous private and public collections, including those of The Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass (NY, USA) and The Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

About La Guilde

Founded in 1906, La Guilde is a non-profit organization that aims to preserve, promote, and increase awareness for Inuit art, First Nations art, Métis art, and Fine Crafts from Canada. In addition to its permanent exhibition—which presents objects from its collection—La Guilde has a dynamic programming of temporary exhibitions and cultural activities, educational programs, and archives of remarkable historical wealth. La Guilde is also an art gallery with works by established and emerging artists, available for sale.

Image: Details of Cobalt Blue and Black vessels, 2022. © Relaxed Photography