Jeremy Lepisto’s Crate Series represents: “goods that are un-orderable, un-receivable or undeliverable.” The first way Lepisto accomplishes this is to make a paradoxical vessel. Suppose you had a shipping container constructed with glass like Lepisto’s crates? You would immediately find it to be extremely impractical. The container would quickly shattered in transit, (not to mention the huge weight of the glass making it immobile) and the goods contained exposed to the elements or spilled. The second way Lepisto creates the ‘undeliverable’ is to call into question what is being stored in the vessel: Lepisto’s crate series depicts drawings of wheat and mailboxes on the reverse side of the glass sheets he constructs. In this way he confuses the viewer with reflection and transparency, inside and out. Lepisto’s crates explore the psychologically disorienting effects of objects in front and behind planar surfaces which deconstructs the opposition of the terms. The precious and the disposable, the protector and the protected merge in the glass itself.
Jeremy Lepisto is currently President of the Board of Directors of the Glass Arts Society USA and is currently an independent studio artist in Canberra, Australia.