Combining two Northwest signatures, beer and glass art, Justin Parker of Esque makes beer bottles do things they aren’t supposed to do in his sculpture, "JP’s Apothecary," that I snapped recently at Heidi McBride Gallery. I am told that the makeup of glass used in the manufacture of beer bottles is not supposed to be able to stretch like this, that it ought to break.
I like its multiple-ness, its curvaceous forms, and the humble origins of its materials. Nothing like a little technical prowess to razzle-dazzle ‘em. I’m less wild about it’s mirror backing which makes it a bit busy.
If you are somehow not familiar with the work that Parker does with Andi Kovel at their design studio, Esque, please have a look. It’s stunning.