Concentrazione (Concentration)

Title: 
Concentrazione (Concentration)

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Object Name: 
Sculpture
Title: 
Concentrazione (Concentration)
Accession Number: 
2007.3.91
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 116.5 cm, W: 25.6 cm, D: 24.8 cm
Location: 
Not on Display
Date: 
1991
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Ben W. Heineman Sr. Family
Web Description: 
"When I approach glass in its fluid state I am always deeply moved. Making glass come to life is no easy task, but all difficulties vanish before the pleasure and emotion I feel when fire, which softens and moves forms, lets me reach the ideal dimension where my inner dream comes true. No difficulty can be an obstacle to the expression of the idea living within me." – Livio Seguso. Seguso, who was born and raised on Murano, has always considered the making of glass in a manner different from that of his peers. Never content with the design or making of vases, tableware, or decorative sculpture, he approaches glass as a sculptor. His intention in exploring the material is to discover how it works with light. The artist’s abstract sculptures are images of light that only a master glassblower could realize. Many of his sculptures take the form of large disks with a dense nucleus, often paired so that light moves through them. In Concentrazione, a shining, colorless nucleus is contained within vertical elements of dark, smoky glass. This sculpture does not reflect the rapid movement of light, but concentrates light at the center to capture its mysterious glow.
Provenance: 
Habatat Galleries Inc., Former Collection
1997
Heineman, Ben W. Sr. Family, Source
Material: 
Primary Description: 
Hot-worked glass, assembled. Translucent smoky black and colorless glass; hot-worked glass, assembled. Sculpture with solid cylindrical black glass base and a four-lobed body with colorless glass at the center.
Venue(s)
Corning Museum of Glass
Contemporary Glass Gallery and Changing Exhibitions Gallery
Voices of Contemporary Glass: The Heineman Collection (2009) illustrated, p. 281, pl. 185; BIB# 109983