A new value on life-Steven Weinberg

Steven Weinberg

1954 U.S.A

Steven Weinberg’s “boat” takes advantage of the transparent qualities  of crystal Liuli. From the execution of angles to highly polished  surfaces, he achieves the effect of a boat crashing gracefully through  the waves. Weinberg also accurately captures the effect of bubbles  created by a boat cutting through water. Led by light, we float into a  crystalline world of glass and water.

A new value on life─By Loretta Hui-shan Yang

I  still remember seeing Steven Weinberg’s work when I first discovered Liuli  twenty years ago. I was captivated by the clarity and stillness of his work;  the extreme precision of his technique was astonishing and something I never forget to this day.

The  first piece I acquired for my personal collection was Steven’s. Both Chang Yi  and I have drawn inspiration and support from this piece throughout our  Liuligongfang history.

At that time, I just could feel the visual intensity from Steven’s  works in aspect of technique. He has wonderful skill for making bubble  locations, perfect manual polishing and grind delicate sea wave. This technique makes him very famous in the  world.

Twenty  years later, I have come to understand the depth and emotion his work evokes.

When  I first heard of Steven’s troubled past that earned him the “Bad Boy” moniker,  I found it hard to believe. How could he achieve  such precision and demonstrate such control,  serenity and strength?

Steven  said, “I find peace in the process of making art juxtaposed to the uncertainty  of everyday living. I manage to achieve harmony within a world that has spun  out of control.”

Steven’s  mode of communication is through the technical precision of glass art. Through  it, he transforms the turmoil of living into a new value on life. His work  exists not to occupy material space but to create a spiritual state.

This  creative language is inspiring. I know that I am not the only person who feels  at peace when admiring his work.

I was delighted to see Steven again in Singapore after our 2007 New York joint exhibition; it is a great  honor to have the opportunity to show alongside an artist whom I deeply admire  and whose work is housed in the permanent collection of over sixty  museums.  I respect him for not sitting  on his past successes and for continually developing new ideas to make himself  stronger and better.  This too is my  ambition.

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