The artists, Bengt Hokanson and Trefny Dix, are known for their distinctive blown glass forms and their mixed media sculptures. Contemporary Italian and Swedish glasswork, urban graffiti, world textiles, as well as forms and color patterns from nature have influenced their blown glasswork.
Bengt Hokanson graduated from Tulane University with a degree in Anthropology and a minor in Glass. After graduating, Bengt worked for glass artist, Gene Koss, and attended Pilchuck Glass School and The Corning Studio as both a student and as teaching assistant.
Trefny Dix graduated from Indiana University Bloomington with a B.F.A. in Sculpture and a B.A. in Art History. She has studied glass at Pilchuck Glass School and The Corning Studio as well as Drawing and Painting at the Art Students League, NYC.
Bengt and Trefny’s work is represented in private and public art collectionsthroughout the United States, Canada, and Europe and in galleries throughout the United States, Canada and England.
We create blown glass and mixed media glass sculpture. Or interest in glass as a medium stems from the visual purity of glass and its ability to both illuminate and define a form. These two dynamic interactions have always inspired us and made glass an exciting material for our explorations of color, light and form. These elements of glass: its clarity, its fluid qualities, its ability to capture color, pattern and texture, are all at play in each of our pieces.
In much of our work, we are attempting to make, or capture, a moment in time when the glass, energized by its state of balance, or unbalance, its color, pattern, and form, expresses movement.
Bengt's family background is Swedish and my family background is Czechoslovakian. Both Sweden and the former Czechoslovakia have rich glass
working and glass art traditions whose influences can be seen in our work. We use many Swedish glass blowing techniques while creating our work. The Swedes use of thick, clear glass, vivid color and simple forms has influenced our style and aesthetic. Through the use of color and form, we have tried to create the feeling of the beautiful, lush and stark Scandinavian landscape. Bengt's travels to Sweden as a child left him with a sense of the Swedish aesthetic.
The work of contemporary Czechoslovakian glass artists has also influenced our work. The Czechs use of abstract forms, pure color and their exploration of the optic qualities of glass, has interested us for many years. Their interest in glass as pure form, one that defines the object, has inspired us to use light refraction and transparency as major elements in our work. We often use the interplay of patterns and reflected light to emphasize our forms and to suggest motion. We understand reoccurring themes in our work as tributes to our families homelands.