Simon Berger

(Swiss, 1976)

Contemporary master glassmaker, Simon Berger speaks a singular language by exploring the material in depth. His material is that of glass which he hammers, lacerates or cracks.

The glass becomes the support of an impact expression that plays with light and transparency. His lacerated portraits, engraved in glass, plunge the gaze into an meander of transparent lesions that he calls ‘Morphogenesis’.

Inventor of this technique, his broken works evoke his fascination for faces. On safety glass, these motifs come into their own and magically attract visitors. It is a discovery from abstract fogging to figurative perception, between ‘Pop-Art’ and ‘Nouveau Realism’.

He began his artistic explorations with spray paint before turning to other mediums. Trained as a carpenter, wood inspired his first pieces from the streets. Passionate about mechanics, time was spent extracting poetry from sheet metal of crushed cars. Often thinking of creating something from the windscreen, his art form was born.

In a form of apparent vandalism, his work provokes the theory of ‘broken window’. Disorder does not only lead to crime. Disorder can also be the kingdom of light. It’s about hope, not destruction. Light emerges from the hammer blows.