Box Drum

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Object Name: 
Sculptural Vessel
Box Drum
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Overall H: 36.5 cm, W: 18.9 cm, D: 18.9 cm
Not on Display
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Purchased with a grant from the Cameros Family Lead Trust in memory of Nancy Sonner Cameros
Web Description: 
Both Preston Singletary and Dante Marioni work in blown glass, and both have successfully developed their own, distinctive styles. Longtime friends and colleagues, they have worked together for many years, but they have not, until recently, collaborated on a series of work. Singletary’s vessels and sculptures reflect the sophisticated and vibrant traditions of the Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest. Descended from a Tlingit clan of southeastern Alaska, Singletary studies ancient designs made in traditional materials, such as cedar, shell, and bone, and he re-creates them in a modern, nontraditional medium: glass. Marioni works with traditional Venetian glassblowing and decorating techniques in original ways. His vessel forms may be inspired by ancient Italian bronzes and ceramics, or by elements of nature, such as leaves and acorns. He is known for his interpretations of Venetian-style glass that pay homage to its history, but are clearly contemporary in expression. Together, the artists have developed a vocabulary of new forms and nontraditional ways of using historical techniques. Inspired by Native American baskets and wooden drums, the artists have reworked the traditional Venetian decorative techniques of filigrana, murrine, and incalmo to evoke the fibers of Native American baskets and textiles. In this unexpected pairing, where the Old World meets the New, their collaboration suggests a new artistic territory rich in potential. The shape of Box Drum echoes the form of Native American cylindrical, hide-covered drums. Among the Tlingit, painted wooden box drums preceded the use of hide drums. Such drums —along with other musical instruments, such as rattles and clappers—were recorded by Euro-Americans as early as 1814.
Blue Rain Gallery, Inc., Source
Engraved on base
Preston Singletary 2011
Engraved on base
Primary Description: 
Blown and cased glass with incalmo murrine band, sand-blasted. Greenish-black, red, and colorless glass; blown, cut by sandblasting. Cylindrical vessel, colorless glass cased with blackish-green, tapering toward the bottom, with central incalmo basket-weave band of red and colorless murrine and red lip wrap. Vessel is cut all over, with three vertical rows of identical, native-American inspired patterns.
The Corning Museum of Glass: Notable Acquisitions 2011 (2012) illustrated, p. 71; BIB# AI87745
Recent Important Acquisitions (New Glass Review 33) (2012) illustrated, p. 119, bottom, left; BIB# AI87134