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Brian HIRST | Shadow votive bowl 1

HIRST, Brian
Australia 1956
Shadow votive bowl 1 2004
glass: blown and cast with platinum lustres; stainless steel, enamels
49.00 (h) x 69.00 (w) x 55.00 (d) cm
NGA 2005.93.A-B

The tripod vessel has been Brian Hirst’s main preoccupation from his earliest work, a form that he often interprets in reference to the styles and degraded iridescent surfaces of classical antique Roman glass. Hirst also uses the shadow as a continuing motif, juxtaposing three-dimensional glass objects with their shadow – a flat, glass image. Shadow votive bowl 1, a massive blown and cast tripod glass bowl with a platinum-lustred rim, is set on a forged and constructed, etched and oxidised stainless-steel stand and backdrop, shaped to suggest the bowl’s shadow but set apart from it in visually dramatised perspective. As a collector of historic and early contemporary glass, Hirst has an interest in the disposition and reception of the displayed object – theatrical conversations that inform the arrangement of real and reflected elements in his works.

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