DETAIL: Toots ZYNSKY 'Pennellata' 2004, 'Filet de Verre' fused and thermoformed colour glass threads
Jiri NEKOVAR | Arch 1

Czech Republic 1956
Arch 1
glass sculpture 2001
cast glass
74.0 (h) x 78.0 (w) x 31.0 (d) cm
Gift of David and Barbara Thomas 2003
NGA 2003.447

Balancing the physical and visual weight of a powerful material, Jiri Nekovár’s work in cast glass is characterised by massive, angled and cantilevered blade-like elements, dense colour, and coarse surfaces. In Arch 1 a sharp, thin, ridge-like blade runs down the convex side of the curve that, when lit, reveals a rippled texture similar to drapery. The dramatic and precarious angle of this object, resting on three points, and the elusive translucency of such a weight of glass, brings strong visual tension to the experience of viewing and interacting with this work.

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