A pioneer of the American Studio Glass movement, Marvin Lipofsky has promoted the use of blown glass for sculpture since the 1960s, and he has had a lasting influence on the development of studio glass in the United States and around the world. Throughout his career, he has focused on the execution of artistic ideas in glass, searching for ways to subvert the traditional associations between blown glass and functionality by exploring sculptural forms. Lipofsky’s experiences blowing glass are reflected in the sculpture Holding Series, in which a plaster cast of the artist’s hand holds a piece of broken glass.
Breath is an essential aspect of Lipofsky’s work. His abstract vessels break apart and rearrange the blown glass mass while retaining the ephemeral quality that is one of the medium’s most intriguing characteristics. The Pilchuck Series and Series IGS VI sculptures show us the shape of breath, in all its variations.