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Ruby Wet Foot Mongo with Kissing Serpents and Lily Pad

1990 Fritz Dreisbach Born: Cleveland, Ohio 1941 glass 19 1/4 x 19 x 15 1/2 in. (48.9 x 48.3 x 39.4 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the James Renwick Alliance and museum purchase made possible by the Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Program © 1990, Fritz Dreisbach 1992.114 Renwick Gallery
2nd Floor, Room 207

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"Through Dreisbach's cascading 'Mongos,' we experience glass as whirlpool, vortex, sluice and spring. We fall into spinning nets of color; we are submerged in watery mutability." Bonnie Miller, Maurine Littleton Gallery, 1988

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Fritz Dreisbach combines his knowledge of the history of glass with his mathematical ability to employ the latticino technique in his work. Dating from the Italian Renaissance, latticino involves the meticulous arrangement of glass filaments into a lattice within the glass. Dreisbach is inspired by the way glass cools without crystallizing: "Glass atoms simply slow way down to a stop---apparently "frozen" in their random positions like a stop action video of a ballet dance."


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Crafts - Glass


About Fritz Dreisbach

Born: Cleveland, Ohio 1941

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