Gregorio Escalante Gallery is pleased to announce glass artist Banjo’s first solo exhibition Sacramental Vessels , with additional works from friends and fellow artists Alex and Allyson Grey, Amanda Sage, Chris Dyer, and Luke Brown. Blending fine art and function, Sacramental Vessels is the decades long search for a language that plays between fine art and spirituality.
Glass art has existed parallel to the art world, only recently aligning to explore avenues that have been dominated by traditional painters, printers, photographers, and sculptors. Sacramental Vessels continues
the tradition of glasswork in a new vein, referencing surrealist, brutalist, and revolutionary mid century aesthetics and concepts to create intricate functional glass sculptures. Banjo’s work has come out of both a fine art and countercultural background, with each piece representing his personal journey into the visionary and spiritual worlds.
Having come from a fine art background, Banjo became an artist after years of soul searching, exploring, and meeting influential figures ranging from the Rainbow Family to his wife and teachers. He has recently risen to the forefront as a key player in the glass scene, garnering a tremendous following and collector base that devours each piece as it’s made. The pieces that he creates are amalgams of experiences, transcending function, and become masterpieces made of glass; function meeting fine art meeting craft, Sacramental Vessels is a new body of immaculately detailed sculptural pipes that delve into your deepest subconscious. In lieu of fitting himself and his work into the constraints of the fine art realm, he has embraced the spirituality and countercultural leftovers to show us a world where craft is honed into art, function meets beauty, and spiritual meets physical. His work alongside artists Alex and Allyson Grey, Amanda Sage, Chris Dyer, and Luke Brown takes us on a journey that reminds us that the spiritual aspects of life are intrinsically linked with art – from pre-historic cave paintings, to renaissance and postwar movements, we continually draw inspiration from that which we seek to understand.