Current Location:
Daniel and Pamella DeVos Center for Interprofessional Health -> Lobby Level (DCIH)
Location Notes:
DCIH; Lobby Level; Across from Elevators

After Glow

Optical glass
July 20 2000
Artworks - Height: 12 in Width: 8 in Depth: 8 in
teardrop shaped glass, flat on one side and one edge protruding off center on the opposite side. On a black square rotating pedestal.
Historical Context:
Christopher Reis began his art career at Ohio State University to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in ceramics, but he soon became more interested in the glass used to glaze the pottery rather than the ceramic itself. Switching endeavors, he built what became the University’s first glass studio as he continued to investigate glass types, chemical compositions and properties. As Reis’ interest in the optical properties of glass grew, he began to carve cold glass to create his sculptures versus the more common method of blowing hot glass. Tools to do so did not exist at the time, so he had to invent and create his own. He starts with clear lead crystal and cuts, carves, grinds and polishes them to his desired finish. One piece can take him over a year to complete.

Wikipedia Summary:

Sculpture is the branch of the visual arts that operates in three dimensions. It is one of the plastic arts. Durable sculptural processes originally used carving (the removal of material) and modelling (the addition of material, as clay), in stone, metal, ceramics, wood and other materials but, since Modernism, there has been an almost complete freedom of materials and process. A wide variety of materials may be worked by removal such as carving, assembled by welding or modelling, or molded, or cast.

Sculpture in stone survives far better than works of art in perishable materials, and often represents the majority of the surviving works (other than pottery) from ancient cultures, though conversely traditions of sculpture in wood may have vanished almost entirely. However, most ancient sculpture was brightly painted, and this has been lost.

Sculpture has been central in religious devotion in many cultures, and until recent centuries large sculptures, too expensive for private individuals to create, were usually an expression of religion or politics. Those cultures whose sculptures have survived in quantities include the cultures of the ancient Mediterranean, India and China, as well as many in South America and Africa.

The Western tradition of sculpture began in ancient Greece, and Greece is widely seen as producing great masterpieces in the classical period. During the Middle Ages, Gothic sculpture represented the agonies and passions of the Christian faith. The revival of classical models in the Renaissance produced famous sculptures such as Michelangelo's David. Modernist sculpture moved away from traditional processes and the emphasis on the depiction of the human body, with the making of constructed sculpture, and the presentation of found objects as finished art works.;;
Library of Congress Subjects:
Optical glass
Glass sculpture