Avian Pair

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Object Name: 
Avian Pair
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Overall H: 20 cm, W: 39.6 cm, D: 23 cm
Not on Display
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Purchased with funds from James B. Flaws and Marcia D. Weber
Web Description: 
Marc Petrovic’s sculptures, often assembled from multiple elements and incorporating different materials, focus on the theme of the journey, navigation, and time. Boats, maps, and birds are subjects that have occupied him over the last 20 years, and he has explored them through glassblowing, the gathering and assembly of found objects, and most recently fusing and hot-sculpting Bullseye glass. Petrovic is one of a growing group of international glass sculptors, including William Morris (American b. 1957) and Martin Janecký (Czech, b. 1980), who have been inspired by the work of the legendary glass sculptor Pino Signoretto (Italian, b. 1944). As a young man, Signoretto apprenticed to the even more famous Muranese master Alfredo Barbini (Italian, 1912–2007). Petrovic saw Signoretto work in 1990, when he was introduced to hot-sculpting glass a massiccio or “in the mass.” Unlike the technique of bit sculpting, in which hot bits of glass are added onto a molten gather of glass, a massiccio sculpting inolves pulling form from a large mass of molten glass at the furnace. Both are extremely demanding techniques. For Petrovic, process is key, but he also emphasizes the symbolic content of his work. He has always been drawn to representational forms, rather than explorations of color, and to outdoor activities that interest him, such as fishing and observing wildlife. One series of his work involved letters spelling symbolic words, contained in bottles or arranged on a wall. The same kind of meaning is “encoded,” as Petrovic says, into the patterns of his avians. A well-known metaphor for the soul, the bird is—for Petrovic—autobiographical, it is a vehicle to explore identity and place.
Heller Gallery, Source
Marc Petrovic 2012
Engraved (b) on base
Marc Petrovic
Engraved (a) on base
Primary Description: 
Sculpture, "Avian Pair". Gray, black, ivory, white, and red-brown Bullseye glasses; fused in a kiln, and hot-worked at the furnace. (a) Figure of a naturalistic bird, reminiscent of a seagull in color and size, posed with wings folded over its back and open beak. Bird has gray wings, red spots on breast, and small brownish-orange spots on back of neck. A hole has been created in the base and fitted with a collared brass insert. (b) Rectangular glass base with patterns matching that of the bird. A small hole has been cut in base through which a metal post with rectangular metal base has been inserted and glued to base of glass. The glass base refers to the process of making: it is a slab that could be hot-worked into the figure of a second bird, or the "pair" to the finished one.
The Studio at 20
Corning Museum of Glass 2016-05-26 through 2017-01-22
For 20 years, The Studio has been a starting point for emerging artists and an incubator for new work by established artists. The works on view in this exhibition are part of the Museum’s permanent collection and were created by artists who have taught or who have been artists in residence at The Studio. Additional pieces by this artistic community can be found in the Glass Collection Galleries, where they are identified by The Studio at 20 symbol. The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass is a community of artists who come together to learn, create, and teach. Since opening its doors in 1996, The Studio has welcomed more than 20,000 students, instructors, and resident artists from around the world. What sets this teaching institution apart from others are the unique combination of facilities, the talented and dedicated staff, the inspiration of the Museum’s rich historical glass collection, and the significant holdings and staff assistance in the Rakow Research Library. In addition to being an internationally renowned glass teaching facility, The Studio is a place where artists come to make their work. A residency program supports 10–12 artists per year. Artists are selected through an application process and live and work in Corning for one month, fully supported by the staff of The Studio. The Studio is open to the public, so please stop in during your visit to the Museum. Learn more about classes, special programs, artist residencies, and instructors at The Studio.
Heller Gallery
The Corning Museum of Glass: Notable Acquisitions 2012 (2013) illustrated, p. 66, #47; BIB# AI95675