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Framed Monitor H: 76.8 cm, W: 52.7 cm, D: 14 cm
Not on Display
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In the 19th century, gazing balls made of blown and silvered glass were used as curiosities in the home or to enliven the garden. The curved, mirrored globes magnified and distorted the viewers’ perception of the environment in which they were placed. The contemporary artist Beth Lipman explores new meanings for the gazing ball by removing it from a domestic garden setting and placing it in a vast, wild landscape. A video camera has replaced the eye of the beholder, and it has recorded 48 hours at Lake Clark in the Alaska wilderness.
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Video, "Windfall". Wall-mounted video monitor in white painted wood frame plays a video, on continuous loop, that runs a little over 27 minutes in length. The video documents, in time-lapse photography, 48 hours at Lake Clark-in the Alaskan wilderness-reflected in a spherical, blown silvered glass gazing ball. The gazing ball, made by Lipman, is the subject of the video: it is positioned on a goblet-stem-shaped colorless glass stand (also made by the artist) and the landscape of Lake Clark is experienced through it. The gazing ball itself interacts with the nature it reflects: occasionally dew appears on the glass, or an insect or leaf invades the picture plane. Edition 2/3.
Alone in the Wilderness
Claire Oliver Gallery 2015-04-30 through 2015-06-13
Acquisitions (2016) illustrated, p. 52 #36; BIB# AI101418
Recent Important Acquisitions (2016) illustrated, p. 115; BIB# AI101517
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 2015 (2015) illustrated, p. 60; BIB# 706294