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1982 Jon Wolfe Born: Champaign, Illinois 1955 blown glass sculpture 9 1/2 x 7 5/8 x 5 in. (24.2 x 19.3 x 12.6 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Carol and Don Wiiken 1999.57.7 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 53A


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Jon Wolfe's artworks highlight complex surface patterns and textures. In this piece, the layers of blue, gray, black, and semitranslucent patterned glass create an illusion of depth that conflicts with the vessel's smooth, polished exterior. The grid-like design might depict a cityscape, jumbled and distorted by the process of glassblowing, or perhaps minuscule clusters of cells as seen under a microscope, both common themes in Wolfe's work as he often explores organic and man-made structures.

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decorative arts - glass

Crafts - Glass