Off-center, in glassblowing vocabulary, refers to a shape displaced from its axis, which is considered a fault that needs immediate solution. By allowing glass to spontaneously wrinkle, drip, collapse, wave and fold, these two artists create functional and decorative pieces that challenge the established conventions of glass and design.
Their belief in what they make comes from their own critically informed experience and dialogue within art and design. Gonzales, a graduate from the Studio Art program at New York University, encourages an unconventional deconstructive but playful methodology. Zapata, who graduated with an MFA from Tama Art University, Tokyo in 2007, compliments Gonzales’ style of working by adding a firm understanding of glass making processes.
Together, these artists strive to circumvent traditional processes, and approach “making” with naivety and experimental abandon. OFFCENTRE’s approach is raw and instinctive with the overall intention to give the viewer a more subversive, and fresh aesthetic experience.