Not currently on display at the V&A

RIP

Sculpture
ca. 2005 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Koen Vanderstukken is Belgium's leading contemporary glass maker. His glass sculptures recall human figures and African masks. The objects are cast in sand moulds in which pigments are sprinkled before the cast is made. These melt into the glass and lend the sculptures a ceramic appearance. This technique results in robust, mysterious sculptures that reveal, according to the angle of the light, the material they are made of. Its shape is based on his familiar 'masks', but the piece has a higher level of abstraction. Both shape and surface treatment - in black and white and various shades of grey - are particularly strong in this version of the 'Born Again' series.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Glass, cast in a sand mould, pigments
Brief Description
'RIP', sand-cast glass, Koen Vanderstukken, Belgium, ca.2005
Physical Description
Glass sculpture recalling an african mask or human figure, cast in a sand mould sprinkled with pigments which melt into the glass and lend the sculptures a ceramic quality.
Gallery Label
Koen Vanderstukken (born 1964) RIP 2006 Koen Vanderstukken is Belgium’s leading glass artist. His sculptures recall human figures and African masks. They are cast in sand moulds in which pigments are sprinkled before the cast is made. These pigments melt into the glass and lend the sculptures a ceramic appearance. But in certain angles of light, their true material is revealed. [55 words] Belgium (Niel) Cast in a sand mould sprinkled with pigments. Museum no. C.138-2006 (March 2015)
Summary
Koen Vanderstukken is Belgium's leading contemporary glass maker. His glass sculptures recall human figures and African masks. The objects are cast in sand moulds in which pigments are sprinkled before the cast is made. These melt into the glass and lend the sculptures a ceramic appearance. This technique results in robust, mysterious sculptures that reveal, according to the angle of the light, the material they are made of. Its shape is based on his familiar 'masks', but the piece has a higher level of abstraction. Both shape and surface treatment - in black and white and various shades of grey - are particularly strong in this version of the 'Born Again' series.
Collection
Accession Number
C.138-2006

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record createdJune 24, 2009
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