Ali Kaaf’s paintings, photographs, glass art and films are integral parts of one body of work. Conceptual processes link them to each other. Many of Kaaf’s pieces are texturally dense, using texture as non-verbal communication. His extraordinary works give physical expression to the tension between endurance and decay, between persistence and erosion. Kaaf uses elemental means, like heat and light, to carve a space in darkness. I am a Stranger. Twofold a Stranger. is the title of Ali Kaaf’s forthcoming solo exhibition at the museum for Islamic art in the Pergamonmuseum, Berlin.
David Ruth is a San Francisco Bay Area artist who is internationally known for setting cast glass in architectural spaces. Melding the transcendence of light and the sensitivity of contemporary sculpture with the ancient art of glassmaking, David Ruth’s artworks inspire viewers to see new possibilities in form, color and imagery. Ruth’s glass sculptures and his architectural glass murals showcase technical prowess and artistic mastery as they use patterns of geology to tell human and time-based stories through the wonder of natural light and the movement of the sun. Earlier this year, Ruth presented Geologic Editions and Sculptureat the Frank Lloyd Wright Della Walker House in Carmel, California.