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Corning Museum of Glass Unveils 2012 Rakow Commission by Danish Artist Steffen Dam

Post Time:Oct 24,2012Classify:Industry NewsView:388

 

The Corning Museum of Glass today unveiled its 2012 Rakow Commission work: Flower Blockby Danish artist 

 

Dam’s glass blocks, panels and jars invoke fossilized biological and botanical slides used in scientific research - but the function of the ambiguous specimens trapped in glass is aesthetic, not scholarly.

 

The artist learned about the natural world from his paternal grandfather, whose library was filled with illustrated volumes on biology, natural sciences, and flora and fauna. Dam’s initial training as a toolmaker is obvious in the refined craftsmanship of hiscut, drilled and polished glass works.

 

“Dam’s work is very much about the exploration of process and material,” says Tina Oldknow, curator of modern glass at the Museum. “His work is a great fit for our collection which spans the full history of glassmaking. It relates to the history of botanical-inspired expressions in glass, but it’s also very contemporary.”

 

Dam’s sculptures have been compared to the lampworked flowers and sea creatures of Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka and the naturalist drawings of Ernst Haeckel. However, unlike these well-known figures of science, Dam’s work does not imitate the natural world.  He creates his specimens in his jars and cabinets of curiosity from memory; embracing spontaneity and unexpected results.  As Dam says, “My cylinders contain nothing that exists in the ocean, my specimens are plausible but not from this world, my plants are only to be found in my compost heap, and my flowers are still unnamed.”

 

Dam’s work is found in public and private collections throughout the world, including the Glasmuseet, Ebeltoft, Denmark; the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany; Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY; the Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA; Seven Bridges Foundation, Greenwich, CT; The Anneberg Collections, Nykøbing, Denmark; The Danish Arts Foundation, Denmark; The Danish Museum of Decorative Art, Copenhagen, Denmark; and The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, Norway. His awards include The Crafts Prize of 1879 awarded in 1995, The Ole Haslund Art Prize awarded in 1996, and The Hempel Glass Prize awarded in 2002.

 

Inaugurated in 1986, the 

Each commissioned work is added to the Museum’s permanent collection and is displayed publicly, in the Museum’s Modern Glass Gallery, for the first time during the Museum’s 

 

About The Corning Museum of Glass

 

The Corning Museum of Glass is the foremost authority on the art, history, science, and design of glass. It is home to the world’s most important collection of glass, including the finest examples of glassmaking spanning 3,500 years. Live glassblowing demonstrations (offered at the Museum, on the road, and at sea on Celebrity Cruises) bring the material to life. Daily Make Your Own Glass experiences at the Museum enable visitors to create work in a state-of-the-art glassmaking studio. The campus in Corning includes a year-round glassmaking school, 

 

Source: http://www.cmog.orgAuthor: shangyi

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