Christopher Smith, Pink Panther, 2017

J. Ma, C. Smith, C. Walker

Muncie, Indiana

David Owsley Museum of Art, Ball State University

The three artists featured in this show come from different places – Jongil Ma from Korea (now living in New York), Christopher Smith from the U.S., and Corban Walker from Ireland – but they all share an interest in glass and Plexiglas. Curator Lisa Banner, a professor at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, exploited this commonality in two ways: first, as a means to remember the university’s ties to the Ball family glassmanufacturing business and, second, as a tool to explore subtle changes in material, as well as shifts in vision and viewpoint. Ma constructs painting-like panels from wooden strips or inkjet prints covered with Plexiglas; Smith works with videos projected onto Plexiglas; and Walker stacks sheets of glass and Plexiglas to establish hard-edged geometric forms.…see the entire review in the print version of sept’s Sculpture magazine.