Hot Blooded

  • Rene Culler, Hot Blooded, 1994, blown and kiln-transformed glass, enameled, gold and silver leaf, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mary Ann and Jack Katzenmeyer, 2000.57

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.

Luce Object 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

Title
Hot Blooded
Artist
Date
1994
Location
Dimensions
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
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mary Ann and Jack Katzenmeyer

Mediums
Mediums Description
blown and kiln-transformed glass, enameled, gold and silver leaf
Classifications
Object Number
2000.57
Palette
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