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Succulent Forms

2001 Matthew Hollern Born: Madison, Wisconsin 1964 fabricated pewter part A: 20 x 8 x 6 in. (50.8 x 20.3 x 15.2 cm) part B: 18 x 8 x 6 in. (45.7 x 20.3 x 15.2 cm) part C: 14 x 8 x 6 in. (35.6 x 20.3 x 15.2 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase through the Renwick Acquisitions Fund 2002.36A-C Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 52B


Luce Center Quote

“The functional object . . . is a daily reflection and appreciation of the beauty in our lives. Unique functional objects transcend mundane activities and enhance our lives with simple pleasures.” Artist’s statement

Luce Center Label

Succulent Forms reflects Matthew Hollern’s interest in bringing organic forms and traditional craft closer together. The soft grain of the pewter catches the light and focuses our eyes on the transitions between different parts, so that the gentle flares of folded metal meet the body of the candlestick and lead the eye up to the taper cup. Hollern has transformed the elegant, formal silhouette of a candlestick into a shape that seems to have grown naturally.

Keywords

decorative arts

Crafts - Metal

About Matthew Hollern

Born: Madison, Wisconsin 1964

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