Decin, Czech Republic born 1956

Spool 2005 Place made: Prague, Central Bohemia, Czech Republic
Materials & Technique: glass, art glass, cast glass

Dimensions: 30.0 h x 145.0 w x 30.0 d cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2006
Accession No: NGA 2006.3
  • The raw and elemental presence of Ivan Mareš’ glass sculptures bring us close to the nature of labour and the tools of work. While his cast fragments of once-taut cables hover on the edge of recognition, their vitreous and crystalline luminosity takes us to a material dimension beyond archaeology. Like still- glowing embers in wreckage, Mareš’ glass embodies the brutalist but poetic materiality that has characterised post-revolutionary Czech glass as it redefines the redundant tools of the failed socialist state. Mareš uses drawing as a way to define this idea and leaves his cast work in a raw, fragmented state to continue this process of delineation, allowing us to draw upon our own experiences of objects and functionality to mentally ‘complete’ his structures.

    Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2016
    Author: Dr Robert Bell AM - Senior Curator Decorative Arts and Design