John Kenneth Clark – Artist in Residence – Spring 2019 L183

John Kenneth Clark has worked as a professional commissioned artist since 1984. He has focused primarily on glass projects in Europe and most recently Africa. His work typically combines glass etching, painting, and kilnformed glass. Clark first became acquainted with Bullseye glass while creating a fused glass window for the Glenmorangie Distillery in Tain, Scotland. In early 2019, Clark explored the relationship between music and color. During his residency at Bullseye Glass Co. in Portland, Oregon, he worked on transposing musical pieces into colored patterns.

Having developed a notation that matches sound waves to lightwaves and then transcribes individual notes into individual colors, Clark turned to Bullseye Studio in order to create Pipes in Stripes. The architectural glass window expresseses in colored glass the musical patterns of four traditional bagpipe songs. The window, commissioned for a private residence in Scotland, provides what Clark calls “music frozen in time.” Bullseye Studio assisted with color testing and fabrication of the 100 x 36 x 5/16″ glasswork. With the musical notation indistinguishable from the window, its colors and composition change with the moving lights of time and context in a seasonal symphony. According to Clark, the bagpipe window is just the beginning. He wants to express even more sophisticated music in fused Bullseye glass. His next ambition is to see translations of songs that require distinct colors for every note on a piano keyboard.

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