John Hogan Glass x Virtual Reality

John Hogan May 1 - June 2, 2017


The Future Perfect gallery program has collaborated with Seattle-based artist John Hogan to produce a new series of exclusively commissioned glass furniture and sculptures. Launching in New York on May 1 to coincide with Frieze New York and NYCxDESIGN, the new designs will be presented as an experiential installation that will transport viewers to The Future Perfect’s new Los Angeles outpost – Casa Perfect – through virtual reality technology.

Hogan’s debut solo exhibition at The Future Perfect will feature one-of-a-kind glass sculptures and his first foray into furniture design, notably a limited edition series of tables that fuse hot glass sculpting and cold-working techniques, allowing Hogan to manipulate the material in both molten and solid states.

The Future Perfect will invite gallery visitors to escape New York and experience the work in the context of their new Los Angeles space, Casa Perfect, through the use of virtual reality technology. While the designs will physically be on view in New York, VR headsets will transport viewers to Casa Perfect, a 3,000 square foot house designed by Korean-American architect David Hyun in 1957. Hogan’s work will be virtually exhibited throughout the private residence (open by appointment only) utilizing Casa Perfect’s open floor plan, ample outdoor space, swimming pool, and sweeping views of Los Angeles as a backdrop.


John Hogan is a Seattle based artist who works predominantly in glass. His critically lauded work, which spans both functional objects and sculpture, is about changing radiant energy through the refraction of light. Like treasures from another dimension, Hogan’s breathtaking glass sculptures seem to have fallen to earth with a combination of technical virtuosity and wild imagination.

John Hogan grew up in Toledo, Ohio, recognized as one of the world’s centers of fine glass production. Having studied traditional glassblowing methods at the city’s acclaimed Toledo Art Museum, Hogan relocated to Seattle, where a glass blowing and making revival had coalesced around the Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, near the city.


Experimentation is at the core of Hogan’s work. Drawing influences from a wide range of sources – from molecular gastronomy to the study of physics – Hogan imbues traditional glass making methods with cutting edge innovation. In terms of process, Hogan draws his influence mostly from the Eastern European traditions of casting and cutting, which emphasize simple design and the pure optical qualities of glass. Evincing a sculptural, almost otherworldly quality, John Hogan glass appears to morph simple forms into complex transformative objects.


All of John Hogan’s pieces involve rich, experimental color ways and cold working, which is the cutting and polishing process. His recent work has involved more specialized, color changing glass, which appears altered depending on the surrounding environment and the angle it is viewed from. The effect is achieved by exposing the raw colorant to a rich flame right after application.