Light & Form
- Multiple Studio
Contemporary glass art collector, Sandy Benjamin OAM has compiled a remarkable and truly unique collection of glass artwork over 21 years. Her fascination with the material, the tension between the artist’s inspiration and vision, the physics and chemistry of the material has always intrigued her. We worked closely with Sandy to create Light & Form, a 244 page book which reflects her knowledge, passion and admiration of the artists and presented her personal collection displayed within her home. Multiple designed, art directed and managed the printing process to create a book which is highly crafted, tending to every detail.
“This book is not a textbook. It is the twenty-first birthday party of the collecting journey and acknowledges the maturing of the collection into a significant, valuable and much-loved part of our lives and our homes. I hope that you enjoy the celebration!”
Sandy became aware that many people view a collection only through the lens of its documentation, so she decided that she would document the works. She wanted all works to be photographed in situ. The works live together with paintings and textiles, but, usually, it is an ambience that the works create together. The art of book design lies in considering and designing the book as a gallery that a reader develops a relationship with. In the ever evolving digital age, there is something comforting about the printed book, their design delivers us back to the artists conceptual intent.
Light & Form celebrates the road that opened up when Sandy decided to create a contemporary glass collection. It follows her hunger to see and learn through her travels around her home country, Australia and the United States, Europe, the United Kingdom, Asia and Israel. Along the way she met museum curators, gallerists, collectors, consultants and, most importantly, artists. She was feted, outbid at auction, questioned, told a lot of questionable stories and observed the most remarkable artistic and technical achievements. She is inspired and humbled by artists who believe so strongly in what they want to say and do and the personal sacrifices that they make. The book is a tribute, a legacy document and beautifully records the inspiring and unique collection whilst reflecting the artfulness of the works and respecting the truly personal nature of the collection within the author\’s home. The book is part story, part biography and part artbook.
Sandy’s journey has moved her through the glass world and into the world of contemporary art where the medium of glass, perhaps together with another medium, has been used to express an idea. It was never about the end point but rather about where the journey would take her. The works selected were innovative forms rather than highly coloured or heavily decorated vessels, which is what most people imagine when you talk about a glass collection. Most were cutting edge at the time of their acquisition and had pushed the artists to the limits of their capacity.