Carroña (Carrion)

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Object Name: 
Carroña (Carrion)
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Overall H: about 115 cm, W: about 250 cm, D: about 150 cm
Not on Display
Web Description: 
This sculpture consists of an elaborate chandelier whose many parts were blown and tooled of transparent blood-red glass, assembled and hung, then intentionally dropped. A flock of taxidermied crows perches on the fallen carcass, and shards dangle from their mouths. The installation is meant to evoke opportunistic birds gobbling carrion by the side of the road, a metaphor for the gradual disappearance of Murano’s traditional glass industry. Javier Pérez was born in Bilbao, Spain, and lives and works in Barcelona. His sculptures and installations address the impermanence and cyclical nature of life, the body, and time. Focusing on themes of metamorphosis, Pérez’s work is characterized by strong symbolism, metaphor, and physicality. The artist often employs uncommon materials, such as horsehair, polyester, and silkworm cocoons, in addition to ceramics, textiles, and blown glass. Pérez delves into the essence of things—for example, the body—by metaphorically turning them inside out and comparing their opposing aspects, such as the spiritual and the carnal, the pure and the impure, or the beautiful and the ugly. He often submits his materials to high-risk situations (such as shattering glass) as a metaphor for the instability of a world that strives for preservation and perpetuation. These aspects of his work can be appreciated in Carroña, which he describes as a “typical object of the Murano tradition, a chandelier . . . changed into something different, an animal’s dead body with its entrails exhibited to the public.”
Berengo Studio 1989, Source
Primary Description: 
Installation, "Carroña (Carrion)". Transparent red glass, taxidermied crows; blown and broken glass, assembled. Elaborate blown glass chandelier in transparent blood red glass, assembled out of many individual pieces and intentionally broken and shattered. Taxidermied crows are attached to the arms of the traditional-style chandelier, and shards from the chandelier are sewn into the mouths of the birds.
CA+D Reopening 2020
Corning Museum of Glass
2020 refresh of the Contemporary Art and Design galleries after the deinstallation of the 2019 temporary exhibition, "New Glass Now".
Glasstress 2011
Istituto Veneto di Scienze ed Arti (Palazzo Franchetti)
Xian dai bo li yi shu fa zhan zhi lu = Development of contemporary glass art / 现代玻璃艺术发展之路 = Development of contemporary glass art / 韩熙著 (2019) illustrated, p. 281;
Das Corning Museum of Glass: Ein Streifzug durch die Sammlung zeitgenössischen Glases (2017) illustrated, p. 9 (bottom); BIB# AI103990
GlassFever: Hedendaagse Kunst In Glas (2016) illustrated, cover, pp. 52-53, 55, 248; BIB# 163500
The Queen of Glass: CMoG Builds a New Glass House (2015-05) illustrated, p. 14; BIB# AI102986
Inviting the Light for Art That Glows (2015-03-15) illustrated, p. 18 (bottom right); BIB# AI99527
New Space New Light: A Closer Look at the Brand New Contemporary Art + Design Wing Opening March 20, 2015 (2015) illustrated, p. 11 (top left); p. 14 (bottom right); BIB# AI99275
Corning Museum of Glass Calendar (2015) illustrated, p. 1 (bottom); BIB# AI98718
The Corning Museum of Glass: Notable Acquisitions 2012 (2013) illustrated, p. 62, #43; BIB# AI95675
Fragile: Murano, chefs-d’eouvre de verre de la Renaissance au XXIe siecle (2013) illustrated, cover, p. 202-203 (cat. 195); BIB# 137341
Glasstress New York: New Art from the Venice Biennales (2012) illustrated, pp. 86-89; 124-125; BIB# 129777
Artists and Objects (New Glass Review 33) (2012) illustrated, p. 38, #63; BIB# AI87131
Jury Statements (New Glass Review 33) (2012) pp. 66-67; BIB# AI87128
Glasstress Riga: darbi no Berengo studijas, Venecija, Italija = Glasstress Riga: works from the Berengo Studio, Venice, Italy = Glasstress Riga: raboty studii Berengo, Venetsiia, Italiia (2011) illustrated, pp. 88-89;
Glasstress 2011 (2011) illustrated, pp. 58-59; BIB# 129078