Sidney R. Hutter, Vase #65-78, 1990, cut, ground, beveled, polished, and laminated plate glass, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the James Renwick Alliance, Anne and Ronald Abramson, Sarah and Edwin Hansen and museum purchase through the Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Program, 1991.67
Sidney Hutter’s pieces are not vessels in the literal sense; they mirror the outline of a traditional vase but are constructed from layers of plate glass to create a solid form. As Hutter explains, he wants his objects to suggest containment yet “hold nothing but the liquidity of light.” Rectangular strips of glass divide each disc of beveled glass, forming a spiral that appears to lie within the vessel.
“These pieces strive towards analyzing other possible orientations and interpretations of a vase. Do vases have to have a hole? Is the vase silhouette necessarily mirrored exactly on the inside? Can horizontal or vertical planes describe volume?” Sidney Hutter, 1993
Vase #65 – 78
- 23 x 15 in. (58.4 x 38.1 cm.) diam.
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of the James Renwick Alliance, Anne and Ronald Abramson, Sarah and Edwin Hansen and museum purchase through the Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Program
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- cut, ground, beveled, polished, and laminated plate glass
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