Gene Koss: "Levee Break #1"
“My goal has been to make glass fine art, not craft. I use glass as a medium of pure sculptural expression resulting in monumental sculptures of cast glass, steel and light. I have developed innovative techniques to transform my memories of the mechanized Wisconsin farm of my youth into foundry-based glass sculptures. I combine glass and steel found objects to create sculptures which also serve as studies for the large-scale sculptures.” – Gene Koss
From Arthur Roger Gallery
About Gene Koss:
Gene Koss is an American sculptor and glassmaker. The artist is known in the art world for his large glass works which can weigh up to eight tons and are often made of cast-glass slabs, wood and steel. Born in Wisconsin, he was raised with an agricultural background and accredits outdoor sites and found objects as his main source of inspiration.
As a professor at Tulane University, Koss strongly encourages sketchbook work, believing that the process and technique that go behind the creation of a sculpture are most important in fueling the artist’s ideas.
When taking on a new project, Koss first builds maquettes, or small models, using different found objects such as glass and metal. He states that this process is “important in terms of how I work” and that making maquettes with his hands helps the artist gain perspective on what is to ultimately to become a large scale sculpture. Once this process is complete, casting the glass for the final piece and assemblage of materials is done in collaboration by the artist and his team of assistants.
Gene Koss’s sculpture, Levee Break #1, is on site at Auburn University at Montgomery. The wood, steel, and glass sculpture weighs over 3000 pounds. Additional works by the artist are exhibited in the Contemporary Arts Center and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans as well as in private collections, museums and public building across the country. His works have also been shown abroad in Italy, Germany, and Japan.