Artist Spotlight Jonas Noël Niedermann

share your creative practice: in conversation with Jonas Noël Niedermann

How does multi-influences translate into your art practice and Has this changed the way you approach your work?

It changed completely the way of thinking about the material and how to approach contemporary glass sculptures.

 

What initially captured your imagination about glass?

I got caught by the glowing and malleable material and the unlimited possibilities of creation using it.

 

What’s the significance of the handmade to you?

The significance to the handmade objects to me is the connection between craft, culture, art and society and this I believe connects and improves happiness to our ambience and presence.

 

What was your route to becoming an artist?

 

I started with an apprenticeship as glassmaker. Afterwards I worked in several studios around the globe to learn the technical and formal aspect about glassblowing until I started developing my own artistic voice.

 

What is your chosen medium and what are your techniques?

My choosen medium is glass blowing, coldworking and kilnforming. Right now I’m planning a larger sculpture combining glass with steel to upscale my work

 

How would you describe your work and where do you think it fits within the sphere of contemporary glass?

I love to use glass leaving a sense of depth and optical illusion. I admire the work of the light and space artist movement in the 1960’s in California.

 

 

Tell us a bit about your process and what environment you like to work in?

 

I appreaciate to work in an environment open for new approaches towards the medium. An enviroment that leaves open questions about if my work switches between design, art or craft “I actually don’t like to fit in a term box”

 

Who do you look up to when it comes to aesthetics?

I look up to clean shapes, perfect surfaces, translusence and the sense of depht. This is part of my own aesthetics.

 

 

What currently inspires you and which other artists do you admire and why?

After making the modular shapes I found some really interesting artist groups from the 60′. I started admiring the work of De Wain Valentine who is an American minimalist sculptor born in 1936. Valentine is often associated with the Light and Space movement in the 1960s. Discovering this artist was an eye opener for me.

 

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Jonas Noël Niedermann

Jonas Noël Niedermann attributes his precise eye for shapes and dimensions to the mighty Swiss mountain ranges he grew up in. Working with those who devoted their entire lives to glass art, he developed a unique appreciation for the intricacies of glass, studying everything from the big picture to the smallest details. As a result he has an artistic voice that is strongly individual while echoing the works of historical greats.

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