organized by David Bienenstock
March 30 - May 27, 2017
Wednesday, March 29, 6-8 pm
|Featuring work by:
Richard Hollingshead II
Bobby Snodgrass IV
Bob Snodgrass, photo by Aaron Kampfer
|As cannabis legalization takes root and spreads, much of the media discussion surrounding this societal sea-change has focused on the economics or the politics involved. But how will ending the War on Weed transform us culturally?
The hottest hot take seems to be "marijuana is going mainstream," an analysis that rather snobbishly presumes this cultural exchange will be a one-way street. So to better understand what authentic underground cannabis culture has to offer, Outlaw Glass examines work from leading "functional" glass artists and traces the history of this legally grey art form through its birth, the coordinated arrests of some of its leading practitioners, and on into a new golden age of increasing acceptance, and incredibly advanced works.
For just as author Michael Pollan once described black market cannabis growers as "the best gardeners of my generation," the most exciting movement in art glass today comes from those creating innovative, high-end artifacts that just happen to double as tools for getting high.
Featured artist Bob Snodgrass pioneered the craft, building his legend by selling one-of-a-kind hand-blown glass pipes outside Grateful Dead concerts as the band endlessly toured the country. When Snodgrass finally settled down in Eugene, Oregon, in the 1990s, hordes of young artists flocked there to learn the craft and trade knowledge. Today, this new generation of practitioners pushes the art form to previously unimagined new heights.
Outlaw Glass includes a retrospective of Snodgrass's work and a new video feature shot at his home studio, plus an array of incredibly elaborate pipes from a diverse range of leading contemporary flameworkers.
In addition to historic and aesthetic pipes, several notable glass designers will also be invited to round out the
exhibition and show new developments in pipe making. Pipes made at a “mostly for fun” competition held in
collaboration with and at Brooklyn Glass, juried by David Bienenstock, will also be featured. More information here.
David Bienenstock is the author of How to Smoke Pot (Properly): A Highbrow Guide to Getting High (Penguin / Random House - 2016), and Legalized It!. Previously he was the Head of Content at HIGH TIMES and a columnist, frequent contributor, and video host/producer at VICE Media, where he co-produced the series Bong Appetit, including viral episodes like A Gourmet Weed Dinner at Hunter S. Thompson's House and Marijuana Nonna. A contributor to VICE, VICE News, GQ, Motherboard, Salon, Munchies, the Guardian, the Wirecutter, and other publications, he has been profiled by Vanity Fair, The Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, Food & Wine, Slate, Alternet, Mashable, and elsewhere, while making frequent media appearances, including on CNN, NPR, MSNBC, HBO, and Fox News.
apexart’s programs are supported in part by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Buhl Foundation, the Degenstein Foundation, Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Greenwich Collection Ltd., Affirmation Arts Fund, the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the Fifth Floor Foundation, and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.