“I grew up charged with tenets such as: balance, compromise, resolution, and humor. These were the criteria for life and happiness.
In everyday life there are moments that require compromise, resolution and action to create balance. I am challenged by the act of balancing and this is what my work addresses. Through the use of shape, color, stripes, line, texture and the incomparable reflection of light that only glass can provide, I create situations that question this balance.
My recent work seeks to explore, appreciate, and have fun with the fragile state of balance. During the process of making, I have a continuous dialogue with the work. Resolution is always a negotiation between idea, material, heat, gravity and me. In the end, I’m contented if I can fill a space with an object that contains thought, humor, balance and beauty.”
Klein goes on to describe the specific series in his impressive body of work saying, “The ‘Exploration’ series began several years ago as a vehicle to explore personal relationships. Informed by the paintings of the abstract expressionist movement, I combine color, line and form to create an object of unified and resolved elements.
The ongoing ‘Balance’ series addresses the awkward confusing and, at times, uncomfortable moments that we experience in life. These objects poke fun at those situations and constantly remind me to look for the beauty and positive aspects in every situation.
With all of my work I seek to provide a moment away, a very small respite of beauty and solace from the everyday. Like watching a sunrise or a sunset, I am taken with the beauty of glass, its relationship with light, and the excitement of the cast reflections.”