Artist

The idea of “which contemporaries influenced my work” is almost unmanageable. The many teachers, intentional or not, every artist or maker that I meet, every object I perceive, every book that I consume, they all have influenced who I am, what I make. It would be easy to list Beverly Peppers, Brancusi, or David Smith .....

The idea of “which contemporaries influenced my work” is almost unmanageable. The many teachers, intentional or not, every artist or maker that I meet, every object I perceive, every book that I consume, they all have influenced who I am, what I make. It would be easy to list Beverly Peppers, Brancusi, or David Smith as luminaries. Harvey K Littleton, Marvin Lipofsky, Anna Wolfe, Howard Ben Tre, Daniel Clayman cannot be separated from the environment in which we work. People – Curt Brock, Judson Guerard, John Elias etc.

So, I would like to name two people as pivotal/influential.

First – Sidney VanDerWerf teacher/artist. This was the man who taught me what it means to live a life in art. To live for art. The difference between art and commerce, art and making, art and the crass. He exposed me and many other young artists at Hastings College (Hastings, Nebraska} to the current trends outside of art history textbooks, and he showed us how to live. Courageously. It cost him his job.

Second – Valerie Thomas Beck artist/human. This is the person who has lived this {attempted) art life with me. We have grown and matured together as object makers, and as aesthetic observers.

My piece for this years’ exhibition is an example of ridiculousness that is our life in art. “Valerie and the Whale – a Louvre Story” is about perceiving and interacting with art.

– Rick Beck 2018

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Habatat Glass invites you to celebrate the
46th year of our International Glass Exhibition.

We are extremely proud to have founded the oldest and largest annual glass exhibition in the world.
Grand Opening: Saturday, April 28 at 8pm | Exhibition April 28- June 22