Untitled, African Dream Series

Untitled, African Dream Series

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Sculptural Vessel
Untitled, African Dream Series
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Overall H: 12.2 cm, W: 38.2 cm, D: 37.1 cm
Not on Display
Web Description: 
During the 1982 exhibition at Theo Portnoy Gallery in New York, a Dutch acquaintance, Mathijs Teunissen Van Manen, came from Amsterdam to visit New York and he saw Zynsky’s show. Curious about how Zynsky made her work—because he had never seen glass treated that way—Van Manen went to the New York Experimental Glass Workshop to see what she was up to. “I had two teams of people pulling thread all afternoon for me,” Zynsky recalls. “Mathijs took one look at this, shook his head, and said, ‘This is medieval!’” Within 24 hours, Van Manen had constructed a contraption that fed a glass rod through a flame, turning it into a glass thread. Over the next few years, Zynsky and Van Manen collaborated on the development of the glass thread-pulling machine. Now incorporating sophisticated electronics and custom software, these unique machines, which make thread in a manner not unlike how glass optical fiber is made, are still used by Zynsky. African Dream was created using the finer glass threads produced by the glass thread-pulling machine.
African Dream Series
Theo Portnoy Gallery, Former Collection
Primary Description: 
Lavender neodymium glass; fused and thermo-formed glass threads (filet de verre). Wide, low, circular shallow dish formed of layered parallel lengths of thin glass threads, lengths gradually become smaller towards sides creating uneven rim of threads ends, rim has been manipulated while hot to form asymmetrical rippling; no base.
Corning Museum of Glass 2011-04-02 through 2011-12-04
A pioneer of the studio glass movement, Toots Zynsky draws from the traditions of painting, sculpture and the decorative arts to inspire her innovative, intricate vessels. Masters of Studio Glass: Toots Zynsky, featured 12 works representing the varied techniques and inspirations from throughout Zynsky’s career. Zynsky attended the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where she was one of acclaimed artist Dale Chihuly’s first students. In 1971, she was part of a group of Chihuly’s friends and RISD students who founded the influential Pilchuck Glass School in Washington State. There, she made installations of slumped plate glass, and later experimented with video and performance work with artist Buster Simpson, incorporating hot and cold glass. This experimental work was critical to the development of using glass as a material to explore issues in contemporary art.
Masterpieces of American Glass
Museum of Applied Arts 1990-07-27 through 1990-09-02
State Hermitage Museum 1990-09-15 through 1990-10-21
Museum of the State Institute of Glass 1990-11-02 through 1991-01-04
Thirty Years of New Glass, 1957-1987
Corning Museum of Glass 1987-05-16 through 1987-10-25
Toledo Museum of Art 1988-01-10 through 1988-02-21