Czech Republic born 1956
2001 Description: glass sculpture
Place made: Pardubice, Czech Republic
Materials & Technique: glass, cast glass glass: cast
Balancing the physical and visual weight of a powerful material, Jiri Nekovár’s work in cast glass is characterised by massive, angled and cantilevered blade-like elements, dense colour, and coarse surfaces. In Arch 1 a sharp, thin, ridge-like blade runs down the convex side of the curve that, when lit, reveals a rippled texture similar to drapery. The dramatic and precarious angle of this object, resting on three points, and the elusive translucency of such a weight of glass, brings strong visual tension to the experience of viewing and interacting with this work.
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