Philadelphia-based artist Justin Tyner illuminates Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens’ galleries with his handmade stained glass creations. The exhibition, Light as Memory, perfectly complements the materials that glisten throughout the Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens’ site.
Tyner’s artwork thoughtfully mixes salvaged and repurposed glass to explore and manipulate the effects of light. He uses the bottoms of discarded and recycled bottles and fallen stained glass from abandoned Philadelphia churches to create new psychedelic works. Tyner often takes to the streets to hang his finished pieces in the urban landscape from where they came. Pieced together poems, kaleidoscopic patterns, and geometric forms make up his compositions, all of which filter natural light to create limitless color combinations. Tyner’s stained glass pieces pay tribute to the history behind the materials he uses and express the artist’s own personal feelings and memories. The works displayed in this exhibition are a reminder that inspiration can come from even the most forgotten places.
Justin Tyner’s work has been featured in various exhibitions, including at the Rincliffe Gallery at Drexel University, the American Glass Guild Annual Conference, the National Liberty Museum, and the Philadelphia International Airport.