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Hot Blooded

1994 Rene Culler Born: Cleveland, Ohio 1956 blown and kiln-transformed glass, enameled, gold and silver leaf 31 1/2 x 10 7/8 x 10 5/8 in. (80.0 x 27.5 x 27.0 cm) footprint: 10 7/8 x 10 5/8 in. (27.5 x 27.0 cm) irregular Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mary Ann and Jack Katzenmeyer 2000.57 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 55B


Luce Center Quote

“Glass can be cruel and dangerous, heavy and ugly, or as fluid and beautiful as frozen water.  I’m fascinated by dualities, both in glass and in people.” Rene Culler, 1995

Luce Center Label

In Hot Blooded, Rene Culler investigates sexual relationships, nesting the heavy bowls together to represent layers of flesh. The bloodred color and thornlike protrusions convey passion and danger. The painted surface is cracked and uneven, which contradicts our expectation of glass as having a slick, shiny appearance.

Keywords

decorative arts - glass

Crafts - Glass

enamel

glass