The Art of Glass - Ken Daley
ART OF GLASS STUDENTS:
NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL WORK
May 23-July 8, 1999
KEN DALEY'S EXTERIOR NEON INSTALLATION
Representatives from A & D Neon install
Ken Daley's exterior
neon piece as the artist supervises at TCC Visual Arts Center, Portsmouth,
Dialectic Dilemma #4: Half Empty/Half Full
Neon, 1999, 15' x 20'
I have used neon in my work since the early 70s. I consider
it a twentieth century graphic medium, one that is electrically
and intrinsically connected to the world of signs and language.
Dialectic Dilemma #4: Half Empty/Half Full is part of a series
of images I have designed that reflect on numerous dichotomous
expressions that we find in the language of our common wisdom.
"Is the glass half empty or half full?" is a language
of play-a cliché of a question, the answer to which will
supposedly reveal the responder as a pessimist or an optimist,
a cynic or an idealist (unless the question is addressed to an
engineer who would most likely avoid the psychological and philosophical
implications altogether by matter-of-factly informing us that
we have twice as much glass as needed.)
I heard Bill Cosby, in his commencement address at Old Dominion
University in 1998, give what I think is the most telling context
for the answer to this dialectic dilemma. Cosby related how as
a young man in college he was posed this question by his philosophy
professor. Wanting to make a good impression by returning with
the right answer, he went home and sought the answer from his
storied grandmother, who though formally uneducated was nevertheless
a woman of great wisdom in Mr. Cosby's eyes. Her reply? "Depends
on who's a'pourin' and who's a'drinkin'."
And perhaps we might add, "who's a'payin'?"
of Glass Home ~ Ken Daley ~ Kent
Ipsen ~ T.D.
Siegmund ~ Student