Fred Kahl


Fred Kahl is an artist, designer, magician, sword swallower, and an inventor who uses technology, imagination, and play to create experiences invoking magic and wonder. A former TED Resident and artist in residence at The Corning Museum of Glass and  Tacoma Museum of Glass. Fred is a graduate of New York University's InteractiveTelecommunications Program and former Executive Creative Director at New York's seminal interactive design studio, Funny Garbage. He teaches at the Scholl of Visual Arts MFA Design Program, Corning Museum of Glass and Pilchuck Glass School.

Artist's Statement

My work in the last decade has focused on bridging the divide between our digital and physical lives. Through an investigation into meditation, the nature of consciousness, and the self, my current work delves into our spiritual lives. Sculptures are manifested using digital technologies including 3D scanning, modeling, printing, and CNC carving. Glass is a medium of choice where I find myself drawn to explore it's a connection to light and architecture. I have been exploring methods of creating glass castings from digital designs by CNC carving of graphite molds for glass casting and the invention of a centrifugal casting apparatus. This has lead to a series of geometric glass forms composed of repeating cast components. The work I am currently developing is about light, using these glass sculptures as irregular lenses to generate refractions or "Lumia" compositions, organic patterns of refracted light that invoke the divine.

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