Sept. 4 Art Minute: Věra Lišková, Echo

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Věra Lišková (Czech, 1924–1985), Echo. Simax®, borosilicate glass tubing, flameworked (blown, tooled, applied), about 1985. 30 11/16 in. by 26 3/8 in. by 16 9/16 in. Purchased with funds from Helen Brooks in memory of Mayme and Rudolph Luedtke, 2014.17. In the special exhibition Fired Up: Contemporary Glass by Women Artists

Věra Lišková (Czech, 1924–1985), Echo. Simax®, borosilicate glass tubing, flameworked (blown, tooled, applied), about 1985. 30 11/16 in. by 26 3/8 in. by 16 9/16 in. Purchased with funds from Helen Brooks in memory of Mayme and Rudolph Luedtke, 2014.17. In the special exhibition Fired Up: Contemporary Glass by Women Artists

In the 1960s Věra Lišková pioneered the use of flame-worked borosilicate glass to make abstract sculpture and sculptural animals. They were made by softening, inflating, and manipulating tubes of borosilicate glass (like Pyrex) with a torch. The individual parts were assembled by fusing. Though borosilicate glass is traditionally used to manufacture scientific apparatus like beakers and test tubes, Lišková uses it for imaginative sculptural manifestations of sound. This piece is a physical representation of an echo, rendered with breathtaking clarity in transparent, paper-thin glass.


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