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15176 Hand Series

1984 Mark Peiser Born: Chicago, Illinois 1938 cast glass, cut and polished, purple with silver veiling 9 5/8 x 4 3/8 x 2 1/4 in. (24.3 x 11.2 x 5.6 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Carol and Don Wiiken © 1984, Mark C. Peiser 1999.57.1 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 55B


Luce Center Quote

“You just pour the stuff and take your chances. It’s maybe eighty-five percent accident---and I have the absolute veto.” Peiser, quoted in Byrd, “Mark Peiser,” New Work, Spring 1989

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Mark Peiser creates the colored shapes in his sculptures by pouring layers of molten glass into a mold. He pours the glass very quickly, and many of his pieces do not turn out as expected. Before cutting and polishing the glass, Peiser rejects more than half of his creations because of defects or “uninteresting” patterns. Here, the perfectly clear glass and precisely finished edges emphasize the soft waves of color inside. The finger-like undulations and pale translucent colors evoke an x-ray image of someone’s hand.

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decorative arts - glass

Crafts - Glass

About Mark Peiser

Born: Chicago, Illinois 1938

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