Artist Profile: Guy Kemper

Ran across this glass artist today via EnvisionChurch. He does some very unique installations as windows, on a large scale. Envision picked my favorite from his gallery to include in their June Newsletter:

This work is titled “Rise,” and is located at the Catholic Memorial at Ground Zero, St. Joseph’s Chapel. The installation is 24 by 10 feet.

I really liked this following paragraph from Envision’s article:

    What glass as a material does best is to act as a vehicle to the sublime. Though abstract, my work is rooted in recognizable symbolism and natural phenomena. I feel refracted light may inspire a greater degree of illumination than literal narration. I don’t explain everything; I merely crack open a door to the Mystery.

I can personally relate to the statement, “Though abstract, my work is rooted in recognizable symbolism and natural phenomena.” This is basically my own artistic philosophy as well. It’s interesting and pleasantly surprising to read things like this, where others are able to concisely state what you haven’t been able to put in such specific terms as of yet. I also appreciate his attention to the sublime, even I don’t still understand that concept as well as I’d like to. And — while I’m at it I may as well compliment every part of the quote — the mention of Mystery (I’m wondering why the word is capitalized in the excerpt; I’m assuming it’s intentional) is something the arts are commended for regularly, and rightfully.

I feel the need to add that Kemper’s website appears to be very out of date. The last update apparently occurred in May of 2006.


About pcNielsen
Paul Nielsen founded The Aesthetic Elevator late in 2005. He owns a piece of paper, located somewhere in his house (not on the wall), stating that he earned a B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska around about 2001. While there, he studied studied architecture, graphic design and ceramics, graduating with a degree in studio art. Paul presently serves as communications manager for a small non-profit doing their print design and marketing. He spends as much time sculpting in his studio as possible — which is not nearly enough. Visit his website at

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