Bust with Locator

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Object Name: 
Bust with Locator
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Overall H: 73.6 cm, W: 45.7 cm, D: 33 cm
Not on Display
Web Description: 
Hank Murta Adams (American, b. 1956) is well-known for his eccentric, large-scale portraits made of massive, rough cast glass and copper. The portraits are inspired by Adams's observations and memories. They do not represent individual people; instead, they depict moods or characteristics of different personality types.
Dorothy Weiss Gallery, Source
Primary Description: 
Translucent colorless non-lead glass with natural pale blue-green cast, copper; molded, sandblasted. Large, translucent, semi-hollow head and shoulder of a male figure, head topped with thick horizontal rectangle with raised square decoration across long front and short sides, extending from top of rectangle at corners are perpendicular copper wire loops with tubular wraps and extending from them are flat metal bands curving down toward top corners of the glass, wired to the ends and hanging free is a metal rectangular, extending from mid-edge of each glass corner is a curled length of wire; attached to each is a long wire running down past the head and attaching to the tips of 4 conical glass protrusions scattered over front and back shoulder area, also extending from top of rectangle at center is a flat cut-out oval of copper raised on 2 wires; head faces forward displaying vertical rectangular nose, 2 narrow ovoid eyes formed from metal bands extending from sunken eye sockets, small metal band bean-shaped mouth is almost completely embedded in the glass, extensive bleeding of blue patination between nose and mouth; front right of neck has raised glass cone section as described above, wires extending from the rectangle attach to a wire circle protruding from tip of each cone, bases of cones encircled by a wire circle attached to small loop; shoulders slope in sharply to ovoid base; overall irregular mottled texture, traces of white mold material.
Glass, Knocking at the Door of Art (2010) illustrated, p. 312; BIB# 115616
Contemporary Glass Sculptures and Panels: Selections from the Corning Museum of Glass (2008) illustrated, p. 30, 150-151 (fig. 55, plate 51); BIB# 107478
The Corning Museum of Glass: A Decade of Glass Collecting 1990-1999 (2000) illustrated, p. 104, #183; BIB# 65446
Recent Important Acquisitions, 39 (1997) illustrated, p. 193, #65; BIB# AI5243
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 1996 (1997) illustrated, p. 15, 42;
Some of the Best in Recent Glass (1996-02) illustrated, p. 105, bottom left;