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Leo Tecosky, 36th Rakow Commission Recipient

The Corning Museum of Glass (CMoG) has named Brooklyn-based artist Leo Tecosky (b. 1981, USA) the recipient of the 2021 Rakow Commission. The prestigious award supports the creation of a new work of art in glass by an artist who is not yet represented in CMoG’s collection. For the Rakow Commission, Tecosky—an artist who blends hip hop, graffiti, and glass—has made his most ambitious work to date, which is now on view in the Contemporary Art + Design Galleries. Tecosky is drawn to art forms that blend and layer a range of influences. In graffiti and hip hop, both of which played important roles in his upbringing, Tecosky found forms that allow for and encourage artists to bring together samples and styles from a breadth of different traditions. Using this same approach, his own work brings the building blocks of hip hop—the DJing, MCing, and breakdancing—and the aesthetics of graffiti—the looping letters, arrows, and stars—into the glass shop. The result are highly crafted works that radiate power, intensity, and cool grace. “Leo Tecosky is among the most compelling artists of his age, and the one to most fully bring the cultural potency of hip hop to glass,” said Susie J. Silbert, curator of postwar and contemporary glass. “Blending traditional techniques drawn from both art forms, his work speaks in new ways, extending the reach of both traditions. It saturates and inculcates viewers into his way of seeing, and stakes a claim for center and periphery, for hip hop and glass, and for his identity in all its complexities. Tecosky has long been beloved by other glassworkers and others in the know—I am thrilled to see his work enter the Museum’s collection and to see him gain the broader recognition he well deserves.” The 36th Chamber Leo Tecosky (American, born 1981) Made in Brooklyn, New York, United States, 2021 Blown, hot-sculpted, carved and enameled glass; steel armature, spray paint 2021.4.19, 36th Rakow Commission, purchased with funds from the Juliette K. and Leonard S. Rakow Endowment Fund Inaugurated in 1986 by The Corning Museum of Glass, the Rakow Commission supports the development of new works of art in glass. This program, which provides $25,000 each year, is made possible through the generosity of the late Dr. and Mrs. Leonard S. Rakow, who were Museum Fellows, friends, and benefactors of the Museum. Each commissioned work is added to the Museum's collection. ____________________________________________________________________________________________ Credits: Images: Sonicnet Gang Starr 1 by Fred Seibert is licensed under (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) "Gang Starr" by is licensed under CC BY 2.0 Wu-Tang Clan på Sentrum Scene 2010. Foto: Rashid Akrim, NRK P3 is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 "Janette Beckman, Queen Latifah, 1990" by veritatem is licensed under CC BY 2.0 Clarence 13x Music: D'Evils 2008 Instrumental {Talib Kweli} by 6th Sense is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 International License. (CC BY-NC 3.0) Smoke ( by Makaih Beats is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)