Transforming rods of borosilicate glass with fire, David Licata uses a variety of gas torches to pull, stripe, blend, twist and bend glass into ornate links which are transformed into an elaborate wall sculptures of undulating glass. Licata who is exceptionally knowledgeable and adept at creating historic chainemaille patterns often bases his contemporary artwork in that tradition. Licata’s sculptures explore the ideas of protection inherant in chainmaille and linked fencing in contradiction to the implicit fragility of glass. Variously transparent and opaque, solid and ephemeral, his glass sculptures are solid forms and also cast shadows that are fugitive and integral parts of the artwork.
David Licata has a MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI and a BA in Fine Arts and Education from SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz, NY.