Launched in 2018 by the Carmaux Glass Museum, the Young French Glass Creation Prize has just been awarded to Philippe Garenc for his creation project «Invisible City (s)». The laureate will receive a grant of 5000 euros to carry out his work, which will be presented at the Biennial of Glass in 2019.
On July 5th, the jury members of the Young French Glass Creation Prize examined the 15 applications received by the Museum. The representatives of the main institutions in the field of glass were present:Jean-Luc Olivié from Musée des Arts Décoratifs (Paris), Isabelle Reiher from CIRVA (Marseille), Eric Louet from the Conches-en-Ouche Glass Museum, Anne Vanlatum from MusVerre (Sars-Poteries), Yann Grienenberger from CIAV (Meisenthal), Yan Zoritchak, glass artist, and Laurent Subra, Carmaux Glass Museum’s director.
Philippe Garenc’s project, «Invisible City (s)», was unanimously selected. Visual artist graduated from CERFAV (European Center for Research and Training in Glass Arts) in Vannes-le-Châtel, where he now teaches, he is also responsible for Glass Fablab. Since 2009, Philippe Garenc’s plastic research has focused on digital creation and glass, or how digital modeling and 3D printing can integrate the constraints of glass material. In his project, he imagines miniature architectures whose precision is made possible by the digital tool, beyond what is possible to achieve by hand. An imaginary micro-city, inspired by the ancient architectural forms, but also in homage to the utopian forms of the cities described in the book of Italo Calvino.
Philippe Garenc has a year to realize his project. The result will be presented at the next edition of the Biennale of Glass in Carmaux in October 2019. The different stages of the realization will be found on the website of the Museum.