Venetian Cochlea

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Object Name: 
Venetian Cochlea
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Overall H: 33.7 cm, W: 48.7 cm, D: 15.7 cm
Not on Display
Web Description: 
The cochlea is the auditory portion of the inner ear. It is named for its spiral shape, which is similar to that of a snail’s shell. Zirpel’s vessel is inspired by the form of the ear, but it is also inspired by the elaborate shapes of 16th- and 17th-century Venetian and Venetian-style dragon-stem goblets and trick glasses. Zirpel says: “I like the spirit of investigation that art can inspire. I like to see curiosity and a sense of wonder embodied in art.”
Michael Klein Arts, Source
Primary Description: 
Colorless glass; blown, hot-worked. Colorless glass sculpture resembling the structure of the inner ear. Conical foot with flared rim supports hollow spiral shape with large applied conical piece with wide flared rim attached to one side and three hollow curved tubes, each with single applied prunt, attached to the other.
Venice and American Studio Glass
Stanze del Vetro 2020-03-29 through 2020-07-26
The exhibition Venice and American Studio Glass gathers together outstanding examples of contemporary art, craft, and design in glass by American artists. Organized by the Stanze del Vetro in Venice, Italy, this exhibition is the first to closely examine the impact of traditional Venetian glassworking techniques and the Venetian aesthetic on American studio glass made from the 1960s to the present. Venice and American Studio Glass explores the impact of Venetian traditions on contemporary American art in glass, the impact of American artists on Venice, and how American and Venetian artists renewed the creativity and vibrancy of a historic glass language. The exhibition is curated for the Stanze del Vetro by Tina Oldknow and William Warmus, both former curators of contemporary glass at The Corning Museum of Glass. The exhibition is accompanied by a richly illustrated catalogue with a critical essay by William Warmus, a historical essay by Tina Oldknow, and other important perspectives by Venetian glass historian Rosa Barovier Mentasti, American glass historian Howard Lockwood, and American artist and independent curator Kim Harty. Two exhibition artists who have been highly influential in the development of American studio glass are James Carpenter, who is designing the catalogue, and Dan Dailey, who is designing the exhibition at the Stanze del Vetro in Venice.
Venice and American Studio Glass (2020) illustrated, pp. 103, 284-285, 351 (fig. 11);
Contemporary Glass Vessels: Selections from the Corning Museum of Glass (2015) illustrated, p. 29, 200-201 (fig. 48, plate 77); BIB# 149403
Recent Important Acquisitions (New Glass Review 33) (2012) illustrated, p. 126, middle; BIB# AI87134