Kentucky Muse follows installation of Kentucky artist’s work
Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010
Kentucky Muse follows the creative process of Woodford County artist Guy Kemper on “Painting with Glass,” airing Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 9/8 p.m. CT; Sunday, Oct. 31 at 10:30/9:30 p.m. CT on KET; and Thursday, Nov. 4 at 10:30/9:30 p.m. CT on KET2. The program chronicles Kemper’s creation of a large public art commission, from conception to completion, for a major light rail station in Seattle.
Produced by independent producer Marc Pingry of Seattle, this edition of Kentucky Muse shows the design process at Kemper’s studio in rural Woodford County, the glass blowing factory in Germany, two visits to the German fabrication studio, the installation of two commissioned pieces and finally, the opening of the new rail system.
Kemper’s “Rain, Steam and Speed” was inspired by locomotion and the 19th century J.M.W. Turner masterpiece of the same name. And, “Seattle Sunrise,” an homage to “Mexican Sunrise” by Georgia O’Keefe, responds to the surrounding landscape. Both works incorporate lead crystal prisms that shower the interior of the rail station with rainbows in an ever-changing, unpredictable manner and provide interesting prismatic refractions at night.
Kemper, an internationally-known glass artist, has also completed projects at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, Orlando, Baltimore-Washington and Clearwater/St. Petersburg international airports, and the Catholic Memorial at Ground Zero in New York.