Rave On - 'Pienezza' by Toots Zynsky
Pienezza (2018.7) 01
by Toots Zynsky (American, born 1951)
Filet de verre (colored glass threads), fused and thermoformed
18 1/2 × 29 3/4 × 13 in. (47 × 75.6 × 33 cm)
I defy anyone who is in the same room with this work of art to keep one's eyes off it for more than a few minutes. It is utterly compelling. Photos can't do it justice, especially with all the reflections. You really need to view it in the larger sizes to appreciate the remarkable surface, composed of thousands upon thousands of thin filaments which make the surface shimmer and sparkle like satin fabric, and enhance the three-dimensionality of the shape.
"Toots Zynsky explores the fragility of glass, suggesting both sculptural object and functional vessel. Her experiments with slumping (heating glass until it is soft enough to take the shape of a form or mold) and fusing (using heat to bond one or more pieces of glass together) led her to invent a new glass technique using glass filaments, which she calls filet de verre (French for “glass thread”). Initially, Zynsky laboriously pulled the thread-like fibers from glass rods by hand, though she later worked with Dutch engineer Mathijs Teunissen van Manen to devise a machine that pulls the glass threads extremely thin and with speed, regularity, and consistency."
Glass Pavilion at the Toledo -Museum of Art
Taken January 5, 2019
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