Material Culture

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Object Name: 
Sculpture
Title: 
Material Culture
Accession Number: 
2010.4.43
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 175.3 cm, W: 114.3 cm, D: 106.7 cm
Location: 
On Display
Date: 
2008
Web Description: 
Artists working with vessel forms have had difficulty in making work that is truly appreciated as sculptural. Blown glass vessels inevitably create associations with vases, drinking glasses, and containers, and it is difficult to deny the functionality of these forms. Lipman does not try to alter her traditional forms or to bypass their function. Instead, she creates new meanings and contexts for them. Material Culture is made up of a tower of different kinds of vessels, all blown by Lipman, which overwhelms a too-small table. The abundance of objects comments on present-day and historical cultures of excess. It also makes reference to the amassing of large collections of objects, such as the collections housed in this Museum. As in the Dutch paintings that have deeply influenced Lipman’s work, each element of this still life is carefully and individually rendered, and the whole is symbolic of the fragility and transience of earthly delights. Some of the vessels in this still life are intentionally broken. Lipman has also placed a few glass fragments on the sculpture’s display platform.
Provenance: 
Heller Gallery, Source
2010-04-16
Category: 
Primary Description: 
Colorless glass. Blown and glued with silicone, wood table. This sculpture consists of hundreds of blown glass vessels of different shapes and sizes, blown by Lipman, some of which are broken or fragmentary. The vessels have been gathered, assembled, and glued together in four sections prior to being mounted on the wood table. The table, which is painted black, was made to Lipman’s specifications for this sculpture. The sculpture may be taken apart into 5 elements consisting of the table and the four sections of glass.
Favorite Things (2013) illustrated, back cover; BIB# AI95666
2011 Resident Artists at The Studio (2011) illustrated, p. 11; BIB# AI88810