Host (Iron)

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Object Name: 
Sculpture
Title: 
Host (Iron)
Accession Number: 
2011.4.79
Dimensions: 
(b) Glass Sculpture with Straight Hair H: 14.5 cm, W: 19 cm, D: 23.5 cm; (e) Wood Base H: 3.2 cm, W: 122.2 cm, D: 30.8 cm
Location: 
Not on Display
Date: 
1997
Credit Line: 
Gift of the artist
Web Description: 
Jack Wax makes objects in glass and mixed media that are both conceptual and emotional. They are abstract and formal, but also very personal. For Wax, the creation of sculptural form is tied to memory, to the experience of emotions processed not only through the mind but also through the body. Wax made the Hosts while reflecting on his experience of living for six years in Japan. For him, a perfect host is someone who puts the visitor at ease, is honestly interested in what he or she has to say, and makes one feel welcome by offering his home as the visitor’s home. In Japan, Wax always felt like a guest, never at home and never truly welcome. “Host (Gold) and Host (Iron) are two small, quiet monuments that address my feelings and thoughts on the experiences of being a gaijin [foreigner] in Japan,” Wax says. “[I felt] . . . exposed to a quiet and subtle racism, sexism, and ageism to a degree that I had never before . . . experienced. Subsequently, [I made] . . . my decisions about ‘white’ hair, ‘brown’ hair, aged/rusted ‘iron’ hair, and tarnishing ‘gold’ hair.” Although the sculptures are similar, Wax’s intention is to reiterate, but not duplicate, the concerns that they address. The Hosts illustrate Wax’s preference, at the time, for collections of objects offering opportunities for comparison and dialogue. The wigs, or heads of hair, are meant to be serial and are presented in a formal way. They symbolize “sameness,” “otherness,” and a tendency to conformity that reflect Wax’s sense of displacement. Host (Gold) signed “Jack L Wax / 9-96” and “Jack L Wax / signed -1997 / June 3rd / HOSTS / (GOLD)”; Host (Iron) signed “Jack L. Wax” and “HOST (IRON) / Jack L. Wax / June 5, 1997.” Published in Susanne K. Frantz, Yoriko Mizuta, and Helmut Ricke, The Glass Skin, Corning: The Corning Museum of Glass, 1998, pp. 110–111.
Provenance: 
Wax, Jack (American, b. 1954), Source
1997
to
2011
Material: 
Inscription: 
Jack L. Wax
signature
Stamped (c) in mold underside
AIR 685
signature
Stamped (c) in mold underside
"HOST" (IRON) / Jack L. Wax / June 5, 1997
signature
Pen (e) underside Black ink. Name written in script.
Jack L. Wax
signature
Stamped (d) in mold underside
AIR 685
signature
Stamped (d) in mold underside
Primary Description: 
Mold-blown glass, cut; cast iron; wood.
The Glass Skin
Venue(s)
Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art 1997-10-01 through 1997-11-16
Corning Museum of Glass 1998-05-16 through 1998-10-18
Dusseldorf Kuntsmuseum 1999-02-14 through 1999-04-21
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 2011 (2012) illustrated, p. 9;
The Glass Skin (1998) illustrated, p. 110, #65; BIB# 61912
The Glass Skin (1998) illustrated, p. 110, #65; BIB# 58897
The glass skin : garasu no shinseiki : sekai 20-sakka no chōsen (1997) illustrated, p. 104, #65; BIB# 72368